Transition and Transformation

This juried show at the city’s gallery in the Bank of America Tower unveils work by 26 artists entering the arena of public art. Curated by sculptor Kristin Tollefson, the show is a bit of a jumble, but that’s to be expected when you’re assembling a diverse sampling of work for public consumption. Worth noting: Cheryl Lawrence’s modern twists on the venerable Japanese katazome stencil tradition, Aaron Powers’ mysterious little paintings of birds and fighter planes, Yuki Nakamura’s Tetris-like wall sculptures, Laurie LeClair’s installation of a swing set symbolically held back by an obstructive chalkboard and Perri Lynch’s “Soliton.” The latter (shown) also features chalkboards: small palimpsests are filled with scientific gibberish on the properties of soliton waves. I don’t have a clue what it’s all about, but the accompanying underwater recording of throbs and whistles is wonderfully hypnotic. City Space, 701 Fifth Ave. (Bank of America Tower), 3rd floor, 206-749-9525, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.