Jeff Carter | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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Jeff Carter's graceful Scaffold/Landscape is intended to evoke Indonesian rice fields. But the six particle-board terraces--edged in green carpet and supported by lengths of bamboo--are saved from being either campy or didactic by their size and placement. Rising from floor to ceiling in the corner of a room just off the main gallery at Vedanta, the piece appears to be both a theatrical set and a set of bleachers, making us both actors and audience members. Vedanta has designated this space as an "extended studio" for its artists, an alternative to the typical one-person shows of the main gallery, and in this case the main gallery exhibit enhances Carter's work. After viewing the large, often candy-colored panoramic views of people in urban spaces or cavernous quirky interiors, we take our places in Scaffold/Landscape as consumers, cultural anthropologists, and artist's subjects with a heightened sense of trepidation. Vedanta Gallery, 835 W. Washington, through October 18. Hours are 10 to 6 Tuesday through Friday and 11 to 5 Saturday; 312-342-0708.

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