Editors' pick

Flashpoint

Through 9/6

Between Fact and Fiction

Adam Hager disassembles and reassembles mechanical objects that he collects.
10/5

Surrender

A woman finds her purpose with the help of spirit guides and ancestors in this hip-hop theater piece.
9/12 - 10/11

Emily Francisco: Something Slightly Familiar

Francisco combines videos and overlapping soundtracks to create a large interactive soundscape.
10/17 - 11/15

Leslie Berns and Shelley Warren: Embodying the Ephemeral

Artists Berns and Warren explore relationships between art and ritual in this exhibition of moving images and multi-media installation.
11/21 - 12/20

Martine Workman: Dusk Woods

Workman presents small mixed media sculpture, a series of artist books/zines, and animation pieces including a video game.
2/27/15 - 3/28/15

BEN TOLMAN: Civilized

Ben Tolman explores the relationship between people and their constructed environment and to each other within that environment through drawings, sculpture and video.
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Editorial Review

At 900 square feet, the nonprofit Flashpoint isn't the area's smallest gallery. (That would be Curator's Office, a 234-square-foot "microgallery.") But it certainly doesn't have the flexibility of other, larger spaces. Since 2003, the long, narrow room in a building that also houses a black-box theater has managed to do a lot with very little. Gallery director Karyn Miller calls the space "transitional" - halfway between a commercial gallery, which it physically resembles, and a museum, whose freedom from financial constraint allows greater experimentation.

This summer, look for Flashpoint to host a series of site-specific installations in the building's normally unused (or under-used) spaces: a back hallway, a stairwell, a bathroom. "I'm trying to make the visual art program transcend the physical space," says Miller.

Good neighbor: Reyes + Davis Gallery. "Michael Enn Sirvet: New Sculpture" featuring metal works is on view through Saturday. After that the gallery will go dark for two months and reopen in the spring.

-- Michael O'Sullivan (Jan. 14, 2011)