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Luisa Rabbia

Time was the subject but also a metaphorical medium in Luisa Rabbia’s multimedia exhibition “Anywhere Out of the World.” In the entrance to the gallery one was greeted with the sound of A Raining Day (all works 2005): the continuous pounding of a heavy downpour emanating from hidden speakers above the doorway. In the next room were two drawings of sleeping figures—Silent Landscape and Winter Landscape—covered in fabrics, some patterned with stripes and others solid blue or white. Finely rendered in bright blue pencil on plain white backgrounds, they suggested topographic landscapes. Only the delicately drawn heads are visible, their lined faces implying privation or middle age. The images are human and vulnerable yet project an eternal, mythic quality.

In the middle of another room, the sculpture Sleeping Landscape seemed to be a three-dimensional version of the drawings. Here the face

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