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D'nell Larson 

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A familiar dilemma facing gallerygoers--which direction to go around a room--is neatly solved by You Kill Me, one of three pieces in D'nell Larson's show at Bodybuilder and Sportsman: 60 arrows on the walls point in the same counterclockwise direction. Larson says the arrows, made of five different lengths of wood and decorated with Swarovski crystals, represent Cupid's arrow, among other things, and that her works in general concern "love and the dynamics of romantic relationships." I didn't get anything that specific, but it's fascinating that the circular motion the arrows imply produces the sensation that they're turning around an empty center. The other two pieces in the exhibit, which in no way fill the room, reinforce that impression. Trap (Net), a net suspended from the ceiling, supports Larson's characterization of her work. Trap (Snare), a rope of transparent paillettes that hangs from the ceiling and coils on the floor, is more broadly evocative. Though it is true that light can pass through each plastic disc, together they trap light, creating a dark core. These are spare and elegant pieces that can serve as metaphors for a lot of things. Bodybuilder and Sportsman, 119 N. Peoria, through October 4. Hours are 11 to 6 Tuesday through Saturday; 312-492-7261.

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