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2 x 2 Solos: Cybele Lyle and Wafaa Yasin 

When: Oct. 30-Nov. 30 2012

For the second installment of its 2 x 2 Solos series, Pro Arts Gallery lends its space to Cybele Lyle and Wafaa Yasin, both of who are concerned with what could be called "shifting spaces." This is the title of Lyle's work, an installation of angular platforms protruding from the gallery wall, vaguely resembling an open book. The work is unassuming, even uninteresting, in and of itself, but an accompanying book, filled with schematic iterations of the sculpture spliced with images of natural terrain, reveals an unexpected depth in its ambitions. For Yasin, meanwhile, the shifting space is simultaneously the Israeli/Palestinian border (Yasin was born in Galilee) and her own body. In one video work, she fashions herself into a human yacht and sets sail. In another, civil engineers discuss logistics pertaining to hillside housing developments, using the artist's pregnant belly for model terrain. 2 x 2 Solos: Cybele Lyle and Wafaa Yasin run through November 30 at Pro Arts Gallery (150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland). 510-763-4361 or ProArtsGallery.org

— Alex Bigman

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