No Space to Spare

Art exhibit is perfect for anyone who's not in a hurry to clean.

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Take a chill pill, and test your patience for today's opening of the monthlong exhibit Tannaz Farsi: The Formal Absences of Precious Things, at the Sculpture Center. The Oregon-based Farsi is all about taking it painfully slow. "It's based on how I viewed art — whether I liked it or not. In the process, I started to see how I walked past art so quickly," she says. "It's a challenge to create a space to make people stay in duration." The result is a virtual people-trap that limits viewers' moves by cramming a 1,000-square-foot space with air-filled vinyl forms, resin hand-molds, and four screens showing videotaped shots taken outside Farsi's window between 5 and 6 p.m. "The screen is a virtual space, transporting you to another place as you concentrate on the sensibility of watching something for an hour," says Farsi, who also teaches art at the University of Oregon. "I'm trying to lead the work into the idea that we are made more nomadic because of technology."Her ideas on "identity diaspora" helped Farsi edge out 30 other contenders, who vied for spots in the center's Window to Sculpture Emerging Artist Series, which runs through most of next month. "Her approach is very serious and intellectual, and very abstract," says Ann Albano, the gallery's executive director. "The setup lends itself to what she finds fascinating: certain realities that don't exist anymore." The exhibit runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays, through Saturday, April 26, at the Sculpture Center, 1834 East 123rd Street. Admission is free. Call 216-229-6527 or visit
Wednesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturdays, 12-4 p.m. Starts: March 28. Continues through April 26, 2008
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