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The Royalings and The Long Road

When: Oct. 28-Nov. 8 2014

ROYALINGS and LONG ROAD OPENING RECEPTION | FRIDAY, OCT. 31, DURHAM

THE CARRACK MODERN ART—The phrase "a two-person show by local ceramics artists" might give you a certain image of pleasant, genteel pottery. But this exhibit, on view through Nov. 8, shapes clay to ruder, more whimsical ends. In Peter Alf Anderson's Royalings, the classical bust mutates under the influence of chess and Umberto Eco, resulting in figures such as "The Pawn." Imagine a zombie playing William Tell in a stop-motion surrealist film by Jan Švankmajer. And in Maready Evergreen's Long Road, where a colony of ceramics mingles with drawings and photos, the artist invites us to "get to know the citizens through close personal observation, and consider adopting a tiny family." I'd take home her little melting skyscrapers with pert faces on their upper stories, like adorable Hayao Miyazaki creatures. Since the Carrack is a zero-commission gallery, the artists keep all the proceeds from sales, but Evergreen is donating a portion to the Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge. Learn more about the work at an artist talk on Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. 6­–9 p.m., free, 111 W. Parrish St., 919-213-6666, www.thecarrack.org. —Brian Howe

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