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Lights Out 

Wednesday, Jul 24 2013

There is peace and quiet, and then there is too quiet, when animals have hidden or fled and only humans, with our inadequate senses, remain exposed. Ivy Jacobsen's paintings have been described as "ethereal scenery... with a feminine sensibility that's soothing to the eye." But the stillness of her stark, monochromatic landscapes, a few branches here and there with eerily glowing polyps, the remaining forest shrouded in fog with hints of anthropomorphic limbs set to ensnare, just as readily inspire apprehension. "Last Light" is a solo exhibition of Jacobsen's paintings, which are built up in acrylic or oil with bronzing powder and other mixed-media, the layering of materials and subjects immersing the viewer. Her brilliant understatement, with so little revealed and so much more implied, enables the same work to be interpreted as either idyllic or menacing. It is a screen on which the viewers project their own fears. How comfortable are you all alone, or even in your own skin? "Last Light" runs concurrently with "Life Forms," paintings by Tobias Tovera and fashion by Abbey Glass, with a performance by musician Tim Carr opening night.

Aug. 2-31, 5 p.m., 2013

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