It's your last chance to see two great shows closing this week. First, Andrea Gomez's Ásalto y Paranoia: A Mourner's Journal for the New Century
, is a proposal show accepted by Raleigh's Artspace soon after Sept. 11. "When I flew to Texas shortly after 9/11, the media prepared me for the long wait, the security search, the militia, the long walk to the terminal," Gomez says. "As I boarded the plane ... I exchanged glances with another passenger, a seated man, dark eyes and hair, olive skin. We locked stares, but only for a fraction of a second. It didn't occur to me to be afraid him, but his glare conveyed fearful inspection, distrust, suspicion, paranoia. He was afraid of me. That half-second experience ... was profound. It said everything there was to be said about airflight after 9/11." Well, not quite everything. Gomez has assembled a collection of a dozen mixed-media paintings for a show that tells the story of Sept. 11 by alluding to the visual vocabulary of "cave paintings to the work of schizophrenics to graphic novels to Winsor McCay." ("The Stewardess Read the Lesson and Everybody Prayed" is pictured above.) The show runs at Artspace through July 27. Call 821-2787 for details.
Also in Raleigh, only a hop, skip and a jump from Artspace, check out Predetermined
, an installation by Huong Ngo at LUMP gallery. This interactive installation confronts the intersection between IQ testing and racial bias, and explores the effect of early academic tracking on childhood career ambition. The installation consists of childhood dreams stenciled in sand on the floor of the gallery, a recreation of the modern Stanford-Binet bell logo made out of hundreds of labels on the gallery walls, and a digital IQ test that instantaneously correlates your test results to race and a career profile. See it before it leaves, through July 28. Call 821-9999 for details.