Kimberly Chun reviews "Your Proportions Are Not That Exquisite" and "Invisible Fencing Luminaries"

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Painter, sculptor poke fun at modern-day metaphors

Updated 12:37 pm, Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Generation Selfie is sent up and the workshop is given a working over in Graham Gillmore’s “Your Proportions Are Not That Exquisite” and Charles Linder’s “Invisible Fencing Luminaries” at Gallery 16.

Text — playfully tweaked in proportion and juxtaposed at times with the naive imagery of old-fashioned children’s books — is at the center of the paintings by Canadian artist Gillmore. Throughout, he casts a skeptical, gimlet eye on the facile catchphrases that can sometimes pass for communication.

Linder, meanwhile, appears at the ready with his witty “Linderisms,” new sculpture and thoughts on the workshop as a metaphor. Here, the Bay Area artist — who began the Refusalon and Lincart galleries — pokes holes in “Geppetto’s Work Table” and builds up a temple to bubbly consumption with “Minaret (Bottle Tree),” his latest towering take on a recurring silhouette, stacked Champagne bottles, made of lathe-turned fir. Drink it in.

Kimberly Chun

Graham Gillmore: “Your Proportions Are Not That Exquisite” and Charles Linder: “Invisible Fencing Luminaries”: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Through Nov. 7. Gallery 16, 501 Third St., S.F. (415) 626-7495.