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Find seasonal allure at Sin City Gallery with ‘American Shunga’

Just one of the shunga works crafted by Oakland-based artist Geonni Banner.

Spring has sprung and Sin City Gallery is celebrating the season with American Shunga. Translated as “pictures of spring,” Shunga embraces traditional Japanese eroticism, as the season is a common euphemism for sex.


American Shunga
Featuring Nick San Pedro and Geonni Banner
Through April 24
Reception: March 31, 7-10 p.m.
Sin City Gallery, 608-2461
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Presenting their interpretations of this centuries-old art form are local artist Nick San Pedro and Oakland-based photographer Geonni Banner. In his take on the classical genre, San Pedro uses erotic symbolism to create fantasies of pop culture personalities, like a ménage a trois between Zac Efron, Justin Bieber and Perez Hilton. Banner’s modern approach contrasts her photography with original shunga works.

The exhibit, on display until April 24, will double as a fundraising effort for the recent tragedies that devastated Japan. Banner is donating sales from the show to the American Red Cross for their earthquake and tsunami relief efforts currently under way across the Pacific.

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