• Come see my new show, STREET CODE at Mercury 20 Gallery

    Come see my new show, STREET CODE at Mercury 20 Gallery


    Mercury 20 Gallery, 475 25th St, Oakland, CA

    February 13 - March 21, 2020

    First Fridays ART MURMUR, March 6, 6-9PM

    Gallery Hours: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 12-6PM

    or by appointment (510) 701-4620

    Finding herself mesmerized by the spray painted esoteric scribblings that utility workers use to communicate with each other on the sidewalks and streets, CHARLIE MILGRIM imagines their seemingly universal language as a “street code” so esoteric, only those in their gang can decipher it. While the messages have a limited palate; fluorescent pink and yellow, she has taken this as an invitation to expand these symbols, investigating their potential as alien communiques.

  • See Art, Be Art

    See Art, Be Art

    Hallucinatory Participation: See Art, Be Art

    Mercury 20 Gallery, 475 25th St, Oakland, CA

    March 29th – May 5th, 2018

    Opening reception April 14, 4-6PM

    First Fridays ART MURMUR, April 7 and May 4, 6-9PM

    Regular Hours: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 12-6PM

    Using a kaleidoscopic lens to document museum goers, Charlie Milgrim’s new photo series re-contextualizes the experience of viewing Bill Ham’s light art installation from the De Young Museum’s Summer of Love exhibition. By psychedelically superimposing the viewer onto the digital light show, the visitor becomes an active element. The lens alters the view of the spectator creating a hallucinogenic circle, where nothing interrupts the illusion.

  • Insomnia Installation for Melting Point at Mercury 20 Gallery Open Hours for Oakland Art Murmur Feb.

    Insomnia Installation for Melting Point at Mercury 20 Gallery Open Hours for Oakland Art Murmur Feb.

    Come check out the Melting Point exhibition at Mercury 20! The gallery will be open for Oakland Art Murmur, Friday, February 2, from 6-9PM.  Regular gallery hours are 12-6PM, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

    For the exhibition, I invited one of my talented high school students, Hayden Cook to exhibit his work along side mine. In response to the exhibition theme, melting point, we gravitated toward the concept of insomnia, a condition where the body internalizes the anxieties of the social realm. We had a lot of fun putting the show together.

    Mercury 20 Gallery    475 25th St. Oakland, CA 94612

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    Labor as a site for tourism gets reimagined in a psychodelic romanticization of the late Bethlehem steel factory.

    Mercury 20 Gallery
    475 25th St.
    Oakland, CA 94612

    May 11-June 10, 2017

  • Bethlehem


    475 25th St Oakland 94612

    Artist Reception Friday March 4 6-9pm

    Gallery hours 12-6pm  Th., Fri. Sat.

    Charlie Milgrim: Bethlehem Exhibition

    Feb 25th - Apr 2nd, 2016

    Image above: Charlie Milgrim: "Empire" (2015) digital photograph on heavy etching rag.

    Located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the decommissioned Bethlehem Steel factory endures as an unexpected public attraction, romanticizing America's industrial legacy. While visiting the ruins of the plant, the massive scale conjured the same awe Milgrim felt in the presence of the pyramids of Giza. During its long reign, from 1857-2003, Bethlehem facilitated many of the major architectural and industrial efforts of the 19th and 20th centuries. In creating a body of work that incorporates some of Bethlehem's most epic achievements, the artist is tying the dystopic landscape back to its monumental origins, highlighting the memory of its forgotten history.

    Charlie Milgrim is a multimedia artist from New York City. She moved to the Bay Area in her 20's to attend the California College of the Arts, and later received her MFA from U.C. Berkeley. She has since participated in the Bay Area alternative arts community through exhibition and curation and has been a member of the Mercury 20 gallery for the past 9 years. Charlie's work examines the ties and lies between history, culture, and survival. She works with a wide range of materials, from photography to tar paper made three dimensional to precariously arranged bowling balls.