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Out of this world

If it is otherworldy images you're after, you won't do much better this weekend than Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, whose main gallery has been transformed into a bizarre lunar landscape.

In Lewis Colburn's piece "Interregnum (1815-1969)," there's an exact replica of Napoleon Bonaparte's carriage, crashed on the surface of the moon. The sense of historical disjointedness is part of Colburn's intent. "By drawing a line from Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo to the now-faded promise of the Apollo landings," Hallwalls visual arts curator John Massier wrote in a statement, "the project asks us to question the significance we assign to these supposedly pivotal moments in history."

Colburn's installation will join a concurrent exhibition of video work by Toronto-based artist Alison S.M. Kobayashi. Her work, based on found narratives like letters and answering machine tapes, finds the artist performing in the guise of characters of her own invention. One piece, "Period 4L," is based on a perplexing letter discovered on a Buffalo street by Massier in 2004. "She's dealing with issues of transgressing racial borders and gender borders and things like that," said Hallwalls media arts director Carolyn Tennant. "She's performing everything under the sun."

The show opens with a reception and artist talks at 8 tonight in the Hallwalls Cinema and runs through Oct. 23. For more information, call 854-1694 or visit www.hallwalls.org.

-- Colin Dabkowski

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