One of our favorite installation and sculpture-style artists, Crystal Wagner, has two shows in the Bay Area opening this summer, first off "Microcosm" at Hashimoto Contemporary from June 30—July 23, 2016.

This gallery show (with her other installation show, FLUX, being seen at the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek through August 28), serves as a continuation of Wagner’s solo show at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, which took place earlier this year. Several works from the museum will be included in this month’s exhibit, accompanying four new sculptures that further expand upon the artist’s dialogue around material and composition. Hashimoto notes "Central to “Microcosm” are three multiple-component sculptures – one diptych and two large-scale triptychs. While each wooden box distinguishes an individual formation, the contained paper sculptures flow together in defiance of their physical barriers. Wagner’s groupings are arranged in an off-kilter configuration, at times even stacked on top of one another. The negative space between each box functions as an extension of the sculptures. This departure in presentation opens a new door for the artist as she explores her work’s impact as a single entity within the gallery, unified through color and design."

With her newest mural in Pennsylvania, and two new shows here in the Bay Area, we are all seeing the many facets and parts of Wagner's style and range: sculpture, installation, drawing and painting...