“A Stranger in the Street at the Edge of the Earth,” a film and sculptural installation by David Mitchell and Joseph Stocker, opens Friday in Big Orbit Gallery.
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An installation featuring new work by artist David Mitchell and composer Joseph Stocker is slated to open Friday in Big Orbit Gallery (30D Essex St.). The exhibition, “A Stranger in the Street at the Edge of the Earth,” will feature a musical synthesizer cobbled together from 12 16mm-film projectors, live musical performances, a film shot in Mitchell’s characteristically brooding style that features local actor Tim Newell and an “immersive sculptural installation.”

The installation, according to a CEPA Gallery release, “explores the psychic divide between science/technology versus the idea of unseen forces, human sensitivity to these forces, cosmic radiations, telepathy, intuition, and the spiritual.” Like much of Mitchell’s past work, this installation seems designed to be stylishly inscrutable, to add a new layer or two to the artist’s carefully constructed air of mystery and to suggest one narrative while advancing another. Mitchell’s last exhibition in Big Orbit Gallery, 2009’s “Red Hearts/Black Tongues” remains a favorite of many local artists.

The show, which opens with a celebration at 8 p.m. Friday with musical performances at 9:15 and 10:15 p.m., runs through July 6. Call 856-2717 or visit www.cepagallery.org.

– Colin Dabkowski

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