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Three Artists Free Staff Pick

When: Thursdays, Fridays, 12-6 p.m. and Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Nov. 23 2019
Three artists juxtapose discordant images and materials to comment on the uncertainties of contemporary life. Jennifer Brazelton and Shenny Cruces treat feminine-gendered motifs from the past — vessels, furniture, even fashion — with cool feminist (post-feminist?) irony and humor. Brazelton’s vessels and sconces with their geometric frameworks bedecked by faux fur, feathers, nails, urethane foam and extruded porcelain (ramen noodles gone wild), are, in the fur-lined teacup tradition, little islands of resilience and wit. Cruces takes the ornamental rosette and the devotional niche sculpture as her motifs, covering the porcelain and terra cotta forms (made from craft-store molds) with decorative decals; if the elements are sentimental, the way they are fused or melted is sardonic and contemporary. Golbanou Moghaddas makes etchings of tales or fables from Iranian folklore, collaged with pressed flowers, and framed eccentrically (literally off-center) in mats or wooden panels suggesting gilt-decorated book bindings: the imaginary, hidden within the real.
— DeWitt Cheng


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