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Artists take stock of the current moment in Burchfield Penney show

It's time to take a step back.

The Super Bowl is over. The State of the Union has happened. According to a certain groundhog, we're facing several more weeks of winter.

What better time to contemplate the contradictions and absurdities of current moment?

That's just what's on offer in the Burchfield Penney Art Center's exhibition "At This Time," a poetic attempt to reckon with the clamor of contemporary politics and their mind-addling effects. The show features politically tinged work from the duo known as Virocode, along with abstract paintings that contend with social trends by Kyle Butler, Jay Carrier and Adele Henderson. Abstract painters Bill Maggio and Peter Stephens also contribute.

"How are we feeling?" the Burchfield Penney's exhibition description reads. "Things seem unsettled and making sense of the current and the currents is always the domain of artists. Cultural makers throughout time have been the people who we rely on to help us understand and steer the dialogue of a period. Artists frame the moment, and hold us accountable. They are the voice of reason and the voice of resistance. The greatest fear that we should ever have is that at any point they would be silent."

"At This Time": Opens Feb. 9 in the Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave. and runs through May 27. Admission is $5 to $10. Call 878-6011 or visit burchfieldpenney.org.

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