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Controlled Chaos 

Wednesday, Jun 22 2011
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This exhibit is a wreck. Which is to say, you, the visitors, get to wreck works of art. Or, to use a term chosen by the artists, “alter” them. And if you want to keep what you’ve wrecked — er, altered — you can buy it. Or someone else can. The artists also wreck (not alter) some things, channeling collective rage and frustration in doing so. It’s called “Ruin Me.” The works to be altered are by Erin Gallup. They include framed photos, prints, and paintings. Various implements — scissors, markers, fabric cutters, and (if her photo is to be believed) hammers — are suspended from the ceiling near each work. Gallup and sound artist Scott Weiser collaborate on a performance that has them shredding “artifacts” from previous exhibitions. They say they aim to embody the frustration of many people who are “out of work and out of options.” Weiser’s original score remains throughout the show — along with the deconstructed works, shredded remnants, and implements of destruction — er, alteration. “The final installation will have a ghostly feeling,” the artists say. Sort of like a creative crime scene, we’d add.
Fri., July 1, 7 p.m.; Sundays; Mondays, Wednesdays. Starts: July 1. Continues through July 30, 2011

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