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In Big Orbit, Kate Gaudy explores 'misuse and experimentation'

Katherine Gaudy’s work is tied up with exploring the way we see.

Through a variety of materials, Gaudy pushes her viewers to consider, among other things, how the sources of her often sculptural pieces can seem at odds with their meanings. That tension will be likely be a primary feature of “A Billion,” which includes new sculpture, video, performance and installation work by Gaudy. It opens at 8 p.m. Saturday in Big Orbit Gallery (30D Essex St.).

In the show, described in the slipperiest of terms on the CEPA Gallery website, Gaudy captures “haphazard mode of misuse and experimentation” in which “simple and elemental gestures are treated with intense and careful attention to a humorous effect, a stumbling around and gradual entry into the refined.”

Gaudy has previously exhibited in Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center’s “Amid/In Western New York” and “Vascular Modes,” a three-person exhibition in Buffalo Arts Studio and as a founding member of the wildly ambitious Trans Empire Canal Corporation, which intents to send a barge loaded with art along the Erie Canal and Hudson River.

“A Billion” runs through April 17. More information is at 712-4335 or cepagallery.org.

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