Friday, April 23, 2010

The Charlotte Observer - "A cabinet of curiosities and one-person shows"

This is what Linda Brown wrote in the Charlotte Observer about our current show:
"At Dialect, which functions as an architectural studio in NoDa by day, a multimedia art exhibit, Instructions for Displacements combines fiction, photography, sculpture, and sound design. Themes include "Lost children, found trash, dirt-encrusted manuscripts, secret chambers, and hypnotic soundscapes."
A free-form wall piece by Diana Arvanites, "Mister Pastor's Wall of Curiosities," constructed of string and found objects, includes a real-life cassette tape. This obsolete artifact swings indolently above a dangling plastic Batman figure. Nearby, limbs of chubby china dolls, a bottle opener, tiny vertebrae, a cicada shell, red wax lips, various knobs, spools and buttons, and a couple of 19th century silhouettes are suspended by thread.
In some ways, Arvanites' installations revisit 19th-century "cabinets of curiosities," such as the collections by the natural scientist Albertus Seba. But whereas Seba focused on things rare and marvelous, Arvanites highlights the commonplace laced with post-modern irony.
Across town on the edge of South End, Joie Lassiter has provided Barbara Schreiber and Peggy Rivers with the discrete spaces needed to showcase their very different art."
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