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Charles A. Gick

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One of Charles A. Gick's inspirations, he writes, is a Dylan Thomas poem that blurs the lines between body, emotions, and landscape, and Gick's seven works at I Space create a similar confusion. The projected video Flowers From the Mouth, in which flowers spread as if blooming as they emerge from between Gick's lips, recalls childhood myths about how swallowing seeds can cause plants to grow in your stomach. Water Witching is an installation that includes a projected video: in a close-up cut off just below the eyes, Gick runs his hand from his nose to his mouth, making a popping noise that sounds a bit like dripping water; later his mouth oozes and squirts water, and finally we see a waterfall and the water's foamy surface. In front of the video is a table covered with earth so dry it's cracking, topped with jars of water and funnels. All this water hasn't reached the soil that needs it, suggesting a mind, or an industrial culture, that doesn't understand how the world's natural equilibrium has been broken--something Gick's nutty video shaman seems to be trying to restore. I Space, 230 W. Superior, through January 31. Hours are 11 to 5 Tuesday through Saturday; 312-587-9976.

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