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Light is the subject of this group show of 21 works by eight artists, and some of the best pieces invoke natural light inside the sunless gallery. Bill Gerhard's five works titled after colors look like stripe paintings, but their delicate, airy hues were created by exposing colored paper to the sun for varying numbers of weeks--Red has four different shades, from deep red to nearly yellow. To create her huge wall and floor painting Wrong Cathedral, Paola Cabal made a scale model of the gallery that restored windows that had been blocked up and installed it just outside the gallery. She used the model to simulate the light that had once hit the gallery's floor and largest wall, then reproduced that light with spray paint. The work's delicate pale triangles and mottled patterns have a wispy insubstantiality that at first glance might be mistaken for natural light. Mark Genrich's Flexible Fixture consists of a cluster of pyramid-shaped protrusions with slowly rotating wheels set in front of incandescent lights; the wheels throw patterns on the wall that change at a barely perceptible rate, recalling shadows cast by the sun. Gallery 312, 312 N. May, through October 18. Hours are 11 to 5 Tuesday through Saturday; 312-942-2500.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Fred Camper.

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