The There

This ongoing winter group show seeks to bring the outdoors indoors. Among 10 local artists featured, Patte Loper places an incongruously colorful, cheerful '70s-style geodesic dome amid bleak gray wreckage. It's like a vacation home in a future apocalypse. Her smaller pencil sketches of abandoned huts in Antarctica are no less forbidding, suggesting the frigid hardships of Shackleton, Scott, and Perry. Jesse Burke's large-format print of a forlorn farmhouse in a snowy field conveys the same vernal desolation. But the show's standout is a map: William Powhida's huge, pencil-illustrated scroll Everyone I've Ever Met (That I Can Remember). If geography is the common theme here, a sense of place, Powhida reminds us that places (like faces) are often defined by imperfect recollection. The boundaries and features we ascribe to a favorite landmark may blur in the years after our visit. The there isn't fixed or permanent. And it may be unrecognizable on our return. BRIAN MILLER

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Starts: Dec. 3. Continues through Jan. 2, 2009

 
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