@bettxt:t-6.6>What better way to escape the heat than to haunt our local, air-conditioned museums and galleries? This is one of your last weeks to check out Andre Leon Gray's B>eye gumbo: fruits of my labor$> at Artspace (821-2787) in Raleigh. The young African-American artist is already in the I-knew-him-when category; his method of using found objects and mixed media to comment on the African-American experience recently won him a slot as Artspace's first regional emerging artist-in-residence. The exhibit closes June 30.
@bettxt:t-6.6>For a more high-tech commentary, check out the Ackland's new show, B>Illuminations: Contemporary Film and Video Art$>. The first exhibition of its kind at the museum, I>Illuminations$> hosts a number of internationally acclaimed artists who test the boundaries of our relationships to technology and to each other through film and video media. Like Gray, Japanese artist Mariko Mori is interested in her cultural identity, but her single channel video (pictured left) shows her taking the role of a Shinto sun goddess worshipping in a digitized temple. The exhibit begins on June 25, with an opening reception from 3 to 5 p.m. For details, call 406-9837.