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If you still think Durham has a sleepy gallery scene, then you need to wake up. Last Third Friday I hit seven shows and still missed things I wanted to see.
Pleiades Gallery opens a social justice exhibit called Truth to Power, which builds off Moral Mondays fervor. Guest-juried by state Sen. Mike Woodard, the community exhibition includes work by 39 artists and addresses issues of gun violence and women's reproductive rights. But also hit the Durham Art Guild Members' Showcase at the Durham Arts Council; the non-juried show might be the biggest yet from DAG, with more than 90 works on the SunTrust Gallery walls.
Next, head to the Bull City Arts Collaborative, which hosts an opening reception for Stephanie Nowotarski's Input/Output show. A biologist and an artist, Nowotarski embodies the scientific method's definition of experimentalism. And don't forget to duck into Through This Lens if you haven't seen Dan Herrera's fantastic steampunk gum bichromate prints.
Scoot down Main Street to Spectre Arts to catch Charles Chace's mixed-media work and sound installation, Where the Divine Happens, then duck into Golden Belt's Studio 123 for Art From Abstract to Zoology, which takes nature and wildlife imagery as a point of departure to other aesthetic destinations. Finally, head to the Green Gallery at Scrap Exchange for Signed, Sealed, Delivered, a show devoted to mail art that promises to take eclecticism to a higher plane, all within the confines of an envelope. —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