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Meg Stein: Puzzling Margins

When: Fri., June 26 2015

MEG STEIN: PUZZLING MARGINS

FRIDAY, JUNE 26, DURHAM

THE CARRACK MODERN ART—"There was a time when the dimensions of things modified themselves, leaving a number of puzzling margins," Marilynne Robinson wrote in her novel Housekeeping, giving Durham-based sculptor Meg Stein the title of her Carrack solo show. Puzzling Margins features 13 new sculptures—surreal, symbolically loaded tableaux made of retail refuse. The pieces disclose paradoxes and radiate gender anxiety. "Holding Two Truths" is a nightgown worn by a golden cloud of light with a jellyfish-like mass for its dark heart. In "Sea Change Laugh," loofahs on the floor sprout stockings up the wall, suggesting both pistil and phallus. Feet with red cotton swabs for painted toenails hang above them, as if severed in a frantic escape up an imperceptible beanstalk. Stein, a UNC-Chapel Hill MFA graduate, recasts domestic and beauty items that ostensibly represent comforts as cages. Behind the sharpness of that leading edge is a softer, almost folkloric perspective, as if the scenes were almost-erased fairy tales or ghost stories. After this opening reception, the exhibit (which opened June 23) runs through July 4 and has numerous associated events, including an artist's talk at 12:30 p.m. July 1. 6–10 p.m., free, 111 W. Parrish St., Durham, 704-213-6666, www.thecarrack.org.Brian Howe

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