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Real Talk Catastrophe 

When: March 6-28 2015

VISUAL ART AMANDA BARR: REAL TALK CATASTROPHE | FRIDAY, MARCH 6, RALEIGH

LUMP GALLERY—After a recent "Off the Radar" pop-up show with Cody Platt at Golden Belt, Amanda Barr opens her new solo exhibit of paintings and sculptures at Lump. Barr, whose visual signature is a kind of brutish whimsy, co-owns Bowbarr in Carrboro and blogs in the guise of a fictional Hungarian called Oleg Lulin. If that sounds like an interesting character, wait till you see her work, which conjoins surreal landscapes and mysterious beings with bold, coarse flair. In her artist's statement, Barr marks Real Talk Catastrophe as her first success at painting in series, rather than one by one—a step forward occasioned by extended studio time in Oaxaca, Mexico, where bright colors and stucco-like surfaces infiltrated the work. Barr also created a community of characters to keep her company, sculpted in cardboard, tape, foil, branches and a basket from Oaxaca Market. The images are at once obvious and elusive, almost mutable—in one painting, a figure in silhouette fans out like a Swiss Army knife. A tree turns into a brain. After this opening party, with music by Ginger Wagg and Skylar Gudasz, the show runs through March 28. 6–10 p.m., free, 505 S. Blount St., Raleigh, 919-889-2927, www.teamlump.org. —Brian Howe

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