Does Sarah Goetz sleep? Or does she work in her sleep? If you've driven past Manbites Dog Theater, you've glimpsed what looks like a papery cloud hanging in the lobby—that's Goetz's installation piece comprising hundreds of pale paper tags in dense suspension. She has a reception for her newest work, which includes geodesic domes, intimates and devotional molecules and is titled the day i wrote love letters to everyone who's ever given me a hug, at Mercury Studios, with live music at 8 p.m. from All Your Science and ASANA. Scoot down the block to Through This Lens for More Dreams, a show of Chapel Hill photographer Catharine Carter's ethereal images. Some of her work seems glimpsed through Alice's looking glass; other pictures could be a miniature Brothers Quay set. The Durham Arts Council opens two new shows, including Jeanne Heifetz's The Geometry of Hope. Heifetz creates tessellated mixed-media constructions that recall spider webs or dragonfly wings. Jan-Ru Wan, Jody Cassell, Megan Bostic and Samantha Pell also join forces for a group installation titled Resolving the Disquiet.Chris VitielloFree
A Chicago trio invades Lump Gallery for the month of May. Mark Jackson/Tony Lewis/John Neff collects drawings by the first two of those artists and a foray into sound by the noted photographer Neff, whose handmade digital cameras have drawn attention. Neff's sound installation eschews the visual entirely in favor of voices in darkness.
Joomi Chung's Surfaces is a sprawling, topographical 1,500-square-foot floor installation made of recycled rubber at Artspace. Do you really need to know more to want to see that? Hundreds of cut rubber forms are layered to evoke maps and landscapes that mess with your sense of scale. Former Artspace studio artist Melinda Fine layers text to create a quieter, contemplative effect in Text Terra, showing how her studies in literature and design have sifted together over her career.
Jason Craighead ventures into three-dimensional installation at Flanders Gallery. Text particularly steps to the fore in Craighead's new paintings; their emotional and pictorial storminess parts with more frequency to reveal the legible. Scott Hazard's sculptural work conversely reads as a three-axis gridded painting, taking you into pristine regions of the surreal.
Adam Cave Fine Art opens two small shows. In the gallery, The Figure Revealed gathers the work of five artists celebrating the human form. Mikio Watanabe, Roberta Goschke, Diana Bloomfield, Stephen Smith and Stephen Early show prints, drawings, paintings, photography and sculpture. And around the corner at the SWA Consulting Gallery, 311 S. Harrington St., Andrew Ross' large-format photography is on display.
CAM Raleigh offers free admission again this First Friday opening its annual Teen Art Exhibition amid the festive frenzy of food trucks along Martin Street. Ryan Travis Christian's work is still in the downstairs gallery if you've not seen it yet. —Chris Vitiellowww.godowntownraleigh.com