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Clayton Hicks

When: Oct. 21-Nov. 27 2016
There are those particular places—in my case, the house belonging to my grandmother—that in many ways have never left the 70s. When you step into this sort of place, your feet might sink into a beige shag carpet. You find yourself in a kind of alternate universe, pristine if somewhat dusty. This universe is not quite hermetically sealed—there weren't televisions glowing with DVR'd episodes of Oprah's Super Soul Sunday in the 70s—but what matters is that it is sealed enough. A plush, globular Ziggy and his plush, globular nose lay limply on the mantelpiece. A wood laminate bookshelf leans against a pale stucco wall with the look of cottage cheese. The bookshelf holds nothing but the complete set of the 1968 World Book Encyclopedia. Sometimes, while sipping milk from a Snoopy frosted glass, you flip through their yellowed pages permeated with a faint but distinct smell; there, you might find a photo of girls sitting in a patch of grass, in pageboy haircuts, each brandishing their own rag doll. "Playing with dolls," the caption might read, "encourages children to use their imagination." Continue reading >>

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