Alex Bult Gallery
"Waterworks" is a show of transcendent images of water, seen up close so that the image becomes abstract on first viewing, then realistic as you move away from them. These complex paintings and drawings represent 10 years of intensive investigation by noted Sacramento artist Ken Waterstreet. The show is up at Alex Bult Gallery, 1114 21st St., Sacramento. (916) 476-5540.
b. sakata garo
After completing "Site 2801," his massive installation of ancient Chinese ceramic soldiers at the Crocker Art Museum, Gong Yuebin went on a four-month sojourn in China with only a sketchbook. His drawings recording that trip are up along with a portion of "Site 2801" at b. sakata garo, 923 20th St., Sacramento. (916) 447-4276.
Robert Ortbal's sculpture and drawings explore space and time, the real and the virtual. Using odd materials, he makes three-dimensional poems that evoke the sights and scents of nature. His work is up with a selection of works on paper by various artists at Jay Jay, 5520 Elvas Ave., Sacramento. (916) 453-2999.
"Seeing Black" is a show of works by Sacramento artist Phil Amrhein that explore the concept of the void. His black-and-white abstract paintings question our traditional concepts of beauty and art. They are up at Axis Gallery, 1517 19th St., Sacramento. (916) 443-9900.
Center for Contemporary Art
Hilary Wiedemann's mechanical artwork "Brightest Light for the Darkest Day" uses digitally recorded sunlight to power a "solar" music box. It's up in "Space Time," a group show curated by Torreya Cummings at the Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, 1519 19th St. (916) 498-9811.