A Prophet with Paper

Among the droll creations of the season: Transylvanian-born, NYC-based Parsons professor Andrea Dezs%26#246; is continuing Rice University Art Gallery%26#8217;s tradition, the Summer Window series. Director Kimberly Davenport tapped Dezs%26#246; to take over the space, which is officially closed until the fall except for the voyeuristic experience of peering into its windows filled with multilayered tunnel vignettes by this international talent. And Dezs%26#246; decidedly has a way with cut paper. As the title %26#8220;Sometimes in My Dreams I Fly%26#8221; suggests, the silhouettes %26#8212; placed against colorful backgrounds along the gallery%26#8217;s glass facade and on the exterior windows of Sewall Hall just outside %26#8212; summon a fantasy land, specifically an oceanic lair populated by gigantic squid, alien-like beings in scuba suits, some sensational winged creatures and towering equipment that resembles (disturbingly enough) oil wells, underscoring this artist as prophet. Was it a coincidence that the exhibition opened 12 days before the BP Deepwater Horizon spill? Through August 8; ricegallery.org.

Image: Andrea Dezs%26#246;%26#8217;s "Sometimes in My Dreams I Fly," 2010, at Rice University Art Gallery. Photo by Nash Baker %26#169; nashbaker.com.

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