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The Ties that Bind 

When news breaks, chances are you're not waiting for a Morse code dispatch or the delivery of your morning paper for the most thorough updates. No, you turn to the always-updating Internet. So what happens when your most refreshed site is down? Immediate mental pandemonium, yes -- but what about later? Artist Jesse Hlebo challenges this terrifying thought with his latest exhibition Punitive Embers. Hlebo's work focuses on three individuals from across the world who update their Facebook statuses at the same time using the same model phone -- and on Starbucks' WiFi -- because Wikipedia is blacked out. Punitive Embers opens with a free reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 23, at the Luminary (2701 Cherokee Street; 314-807-5984 or The show remains up through Friday, June 20, and the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday.
Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 12-6 p.m.; Thursdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Starts: May 24. Continues through June 20, 2014

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