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OPENINGS: ALESSANDRA TESI

A SKATER ADVANCES through the fog on a frozen lake covered by a layer of thick red jelly; his blades cut into the translucent substance, which resembles a mixture of water and blood. The figure, inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's fictional polar explorer Arthur Gordon Pym, mysteriously disappears before his story is complete, and he's destined for now at least to remain in the world of literary fantasy—unless Italian artist Alessandra Tesi finds a backer to finance filming on location. Her setting of choice: the South Pole. Anyone interested?

Tesi, who has shown throughout Europe, has been producing work since the mid-'90s that is considerably more technically manageable than shooting a gelatin icescape, yet no less hallucinatory in visual effect. She began making video installations in 1997 but before that was known chiefly for her photographs of rooms in cheap hotels. Uninhabited yet

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