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Necessary Work

When: Feb. 13-April 4 2015

NECESSARY WORK

FRIDAY, FEB. 13, CHAPEL HILL

ACKLAND MUSEUM STORE—Durham invades Chapel Hill in Necessary Work, a new exhibit by Golden Belt artists at the Ackland Museum Store. Curated by Heather Gordon, who is behind the "Off the Radar" pop-up shows at Golden Belt, the exhibit features a diverse, lively array of mixed-media work. In pieces such as "Old Goriot" (the name comes from Balzac), Gordon turns literary texts into 8-bit binary strings and inks them on chart paper, with results that look like mysterious astrological charts. It's a legerdemain of legibility. Martha Clippinger balances on a fulcrum between painting and sculpture, harmonizing wooden elements with acrylic paint and fabric. Her work chimes in tune with Brianna Gribben's colorful textile mobiles. Linwood Hart resourcefully merges painting with collage, while painter and photographer Warren Hicks creates numinous effects in abstractions such as "Prism Sails" (seen above). Following this opening reception, the show runs through April 4. 6 p.m., free, 100 E. Franklin St.,

Chapel Hill, 919-962-0216, www.ackland.org/shop. —Brian Howe

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