Visual Arts Picks

SOME OTHER PLACE

In Lori Nix's world, the uranium plant commands a lovely view of plastic deer, campers warm themselves by the light of a setting forest fire, and bodies lie rotting in a wetland full of happy birds. "Some Other Place" is the latest in the Brooklyn photographer's darkly funny series of staged tableaux, all painstakingly executed with cheap model railroad scenery and melodramatic lighting. Unlike photographers such as David Levinthal who specialize in scenes of toys and action figures, Nix has a wonderfully twisted sense of humor. Even a seemingly banal image as "Park," with its solitary trash can on the hill, seems loaded with menace: It's where the murder weapon was stashed, no doubt. Nix's photographs are tragedies in miniature, and you can almost hear the tiny kerplunk of the car going through the ice in "Ice Storm" (pictured above). Whoops! Opens Thurs. April 22. G. Gibson Gallery, 514 E. Pike St., 206-587-4033. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Exhibit runs through May 29. ANDREW ENGELSON

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