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Character study

During a 2010 exhibition in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Ithaca-based artist Joshua Reiman presented a magnificent four-channel video projection. A viewer entered the room and was immediately surrounded on all sides by visions of a man making his way across the endless plains of Iceland, searching for something that never becomes clear. The strangely alluring installation, which set out to critique the notion of the sublime, almost wound up becoming worthy of the term itself.

Reiman's work is the subject of a survey exhibition co-curated by Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center's John Massier and Buffalo Arts Studio's Cori Wolff. It features his sculpture, film, video and photography work from the past 14 years. "The characters inhabiting the exhibition," according to a release, "will range from George Washington and his Revolutionary Army, reconceived as a contemporary basketball team; Blackbeard and his pirate dreams; Michael Jackson Pollock, the hypothetical progeny of distinct superstars; David Lee Roth(ko); and the spirit of Joseph Beuys encapsulated in a 1963 Chevy Impala."

The show, "Can't Stop Reiman," opens with a reception at 8 tonight in Hallwalls (341 Delaware Ave.) and runs through June 29. For more information, call 854-1694 or visit

-- Colin Dabkowski