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Re-Telling


2011-12-01

In a structure once used primarily for textile and manufacturing businesses, the recently re-located Nurture Art Gallery (56 Bogart St.) now makes it’s home. Buildings, like the people who inhabit them, hold hidden and multiple stories. Nurture Art’s current group show “Re-Telling”, concerns itself with story, specifically repeating narratives and the subsequent impact of re-telling on the story itself, the teller, and their environs.

The interplay between “cover” and “original” is most evident in the work of artist Becca Albee who offers two large prints that contain the image of faded vintage book covers. “The Cradle of the Deep” a 1929 autobiography of a silent movie star is shown with its corresponding parody “Salt Water Taffy”, written the same year by a journalist after it was revealed that the actress’s outlandish story was a fraud. While the background material is interesting, it is the actual materiality of the book covers in particular, faded, stained and as patchy as old skin, that visually engages.

Also outstanding is the heart-breaking photo-installation “Diane” by LaToya Ruby Frazier, which displays an etched metal plate bearing a woman’s face, a plastic-sealed newspaper, and a frayed and beaten pillow embellished with an image of a mother and child. The periodical, an acrid yellowed Pittsburg Post-Gazette from 1986, blares headlines “Society’s Harmful” and “Child Killers”. A brief conversation with gallery education coordinator Molly O’Brien reveals that the subject of the work is the artist’s deceased aunt, tragically murdered by her own daughter. Like articles of evidence, these pieces haunt and seem to scream in sepia tones, silent songs of unresolved grief and justice unrequited. (through Dec. 16th)

—Enrico Gomez
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