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Do You Have a Moment? 

When: June 28-Sept. 27 2016

FRIDAY, AUGUST 5

JODY SERVON/ANDREW HLADKY

"Do you have a moment?" It's a question that might send you scurrying when posed by someone clutching a clipboard on the street. It's also the title of Jody Servon's new show, which comes to life only when you respond to its prompts. Servon, based in western North Carolina, developed the exhibit during her summer residency at Artspace. The centerpiece is "Our Top 100," in which visitors write down a song title and a recollection it sparks. The notes are posted on the wall, and each song is added to the playlist streaming in the gallery. The result is a collective memory mixtape for Raleigh. The crowdsourced study in remembrance, which runs through Sept. 27, also includes handwritten dreams of lottery winnings and photos of memento mori. The upshot is an invitation to break free from isolating routines; maybe the next time a bright-eyed kid in an ACLU shirt flags you down on your lunch break, you'll stop. Servon shares a First Friday opening reception with another new exhibit, this one by English artist Andrew Hladky (through Sept. 10), and they resonate together in a subtle way. While Servon deals with memory's surface, Hladky's dark, igneous enigmas—painted found objects that bulge from canvases—are like chunks of bedrock excavated from the subconscious. It's art as pure artifact, contrasting Servon's brightly lit social experiments. —Brian Howe

ARTSPACE, RALEIGH6–9 p.m., free, www.artspacenc.org

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