In Sausalito-based artist Christiane Lyon's oil paintings, on view at MJ Briggs Gallery on Fairfax, quirky cultural references dissolve into loose gestures. At the top of Tinman, for example, Lyon has rendered a very flat, boldly colored Orthodox view of Jesus breaking bread with his disciples, but the figures then merge with loosely drawn skeleton figures, and by the bottom of the page, all you see is a chalky expanse of black. 313 N. Fairfax Ave; through May 25. (323) 651-1132,

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