05. 2 - 31, 2008

from left: Zafos Xagoraris, Avenida Rio Branco: The Sound of Acre, The 27th Sao Paulo Biennial, video still, 2007

Deborah Boardman, Heraldic Emblem I - V, 2007, gouache on wooden panel . Lorraine Peltz, Stardust 2, 2008, oil on canvas.



curated by Gosia Koscielak, MFA

AVENIDA RIO BRANCO: THE SOUND OF ACRE is a sound installation created by Zafos Xagoraris for The 27th Sao PAulo Biennial. This public installation is expending the range of Acre, bringing sounds of this area of the Amazon region to the center of the largest city of Brazil.

Xagoraris's paintings and sound installations are based on his practice of recording and later broadcasting the silence of Cyprus's villages that were abandoned. His works represent absence and displacement through a poetic accumulation of images and concepts that span human history from the ancient to digital times. Xagoraris took part in the project Paradigmata, representing Greece in the 9th Venice Biennial of Architecture. He lives & works in Athens, Greece.

PLACE and OBJECT have long been provocative subjects for artists. Whether as subject matter that is observed and recorded, as in the case of Deborah Boardman, or in metaphorical way, as signifier and conveyer of memory and recollections as in the paintings and drawings of Lorraine Peltz, they function as opportunity for reflection on time, past or present, and are containers that hold and reveal hopes and desires. This exhibition presents Deborah Boardmans Emblems, which mark space with the physical presence of an object, and Lorraine Peltzs paintings from the chandeliers, Starbursts etc. series, which propose symbolic meanings in objects.

Both artists are Chicago - based and teach at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago.

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