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Game of Telephone with Adler & Edmark and Earl Gravy

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In 4-Way, 2-Pack, Adler & Edmark (Christopher Adler and Alison Edmark) with Earl Gravy (Emma Kemp and Daniel Wroe) collaboratively turn an unoccupied commercial space into the game of telephone featuring humorous sculptures and amusing installations. All works are related by virtue of being each other’s source material. The empty property has been divided into seven rooms, cramming 23 exhibits. …

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Alexander Reben Invites to Engage

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Alexander Reben’s Engineering Psychology at Charlie James Gallery is an invitation to play. A variety of low and high tech devices operates with the sole purpose of turning viewers into active participants. These works are no games, however, as no rules or objectives apparently exist. No one wins or loses; the goal is simply to experience. It is fascinating to see …

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Jane Chang Mi’s Beach

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Jane Chang Mi has transported a beach to Adjunct Positions, a gallery nestled in a quiet residential part of Highland Park. Clean, white, fine grain sand fills the gallery floor (the room appears to be a converted single car garage) — an enclosed sandbox without children or playthings. Albeit its physical absence, water is present, as visual cues dominate the …

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Getting Lost in Reza Monahan’s Light and Sound

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Deep bass fills the room in Reza Monahan’s Grimm’s Aged Pill at Monte Vista Projects. The sound is continuously humming, thumping, roaring, but never audaciously loud or obnoxiously overwhelming. The oscillating sonic wave is felt by the body but not in the bones. On the far wall, the projected screen plays photographic urban landscapes — recognizable New York boroughs made …

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Finding Art in Jeffrey Vallance

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“Art is what you can get away with.” Joseph Ross, dressed in deep lilac suits matched with equally showy shoes, concluded the hour of seance with the quote by Canadian philosopher Marshall McLuhan. Often attributed to and undoubtedly popularized by Andy Warhol, the ending provided a fitting lens to view the art of Jeffrey Vallance. Performed at CB1 Gallery in …

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Dead or Alive, Easton Miller Hustles

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Whopping 77 paintings plaster the walls of CES Gallery in Easton Miller’s I’m Already Dead in Dog Years. The effect is comparable to the jam-packed display found in an H&M store. Like the fast fashion retailer outlet where every piece of clothing appears identical at first sight, Millers’ paintings, despite their boldly articulated differences, feel strangely singular. Together, these paintings …