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We Pain

When: Nov. 6-28 2015

WE PAIN | A CHANGEABLE AND UNPREDICTABLE NATURE

FRIDAY, NOV. 6, RALEIGH

LUMP | FLANDERS GALLERY—Since Lump and Flanders Gallery moved in together in the former's longtime Blount Street space, the two Raleigh galleries' strengths have redoubled, as their shows, which run on similar monthly schedules, spark deepening connections across the thin membrane that divides them. Their simultaneous opening receptions this Friday are a case in point. At Lump, WE PAIN features new works by 33 Philadelphia artists, many of whom have shown at Lump before. The collaborative installation is meant to evoke an infirmary room or mental asylum. There is a "self-wetting bed," consolatory balloons and flowers, life-support machines and a droning TV. Meanwhile, in A Changeable and Unpredictable Nature, Elizabeth Alexander offers assemblages that likewise draw on remnants slipped free from the American Dream. One piece is a collage of book pages from an old home-and-garden book that becomes a shattered mirror of genteel comfort. Another, the lush and gorgeous "Wrought II," turns floral wallpaper into a fantasy of almost grotesque abundance. The exhibit also features a sound installation by Todd Bowser, an abstract, homey rustle that complements the bourgeois trappings Alexander reveals as traps. WE PAIN runs through Nov. 28; A Changeable and Unpredictable Nature closes Dec. 8. 6 p.m., free, 505 S. Blount St., Raleigh, 919-889-2927 (Lump); 919-757-9533 (Flanders), www.teamlump.org; www.flandersartgallery.com. —Brian Howe

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