"The More You See Fourth Annual Emerging Artists Exhibition"
Soap scum and curly human hairs can give the heebie-jeebies to even the strong-hearted. So how Reanne Estrada manages to create hyperclean, minimalist object-drawings out of the two materials is a bit of an enigma. Estrada began making her slightly obsessive hair-on-soap pieces after a series of showers during which she noticed that her head of bountiful, luscious curly locks was coming out in clumps. She worked her anxieties into a new project, collecting the strands, stretching and embedding them into the "natural adherent that is soap scum," as she puts it. Estrada uses the soap bars like canvas, hanging several bars together in grid formation in Twenty Four, a six-bar ensemble where circles repeat and overlap. Estrada's work shows alongside fellow emerging artists Stephen Galloway, Maizie Gilbert, Laurie Long, Susan Preston, and South to the Future through Sept. 26 at Southern Exposure, 401 Alabama (at 17th Street). Admission is free; call 863-2141.
-- Marcy Freedman