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Backgrounds at an Exhibition 

It'll make more sense in context

When you're at an exhibition, do you appreciate the aesthetic qualities of the walls? Wait, don't answer yet — when you attend a show of Gaylen Gerber's work, you can't help but spend time thinking about the setting in relation to the art. Gerber has prepared photographs of a clear sky on a sunny day — a sky so clear that the photos bear a remarkable resemblance to developed photographic paper. Some of these pieces have new images transposed over them, and the whole is then framed in tinted plexiglass; the tint has been selected by the artist to match the existing light and color of the gallery environment, in this case, White Flag Projects (4568 Manchester Avenue; 314-531-3442 or www.whiteflagprojects.org). The end result is that the viewer must parse the art carefully to determine where art begins and context ends. Gerber's show at WFP opens with a free public reception from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, February 28. Gallery hours are noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, and the show remains up through Sunday, April 12.
Wednesdays, Saturdays. Starts: Feb. 28. Continues through April 12, 2009

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