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No More Sweets for You 

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The main message of this interesting program of 16 short films and videos selected by Chicagoan Elisabeth Subrin--nearly all of them by artists under 30 from around the country--seems to be that minimalism is finally over. An exception may be Sadie Benning's black-and-white German Song, a rarity in that it's a music video that breathes, but my two favorites among the seven I've seen--Cauleen Smith's Chronicles of a Lying Spirit and Tran T. Kim-Trang's Aletheia--are busy works that bombard the viewer with material and information. Smith's film recycles cacophonous combinations of sound, images, and words as it sketches the history of blacks in America as if it all happened to a single individual; Kim-Trang's work, even more experimental, begins by exploring the cosmetic surgery undergone by some Asian women to alter their eyelids and proceeds to broader reflections about westernization, blindness, race, and sexuality through the use of clips, quotations, maps, and different kinds of raw footage. The other artists in the show, eight of whom are Chicagoans, are Nancy Andrews, Tammy Rae Carland, Amanda Cole, Shari Frilot, Leah Gilliam, Sean Kryston, Laura Nix, Helen Mirra, Jeanine Oleson, Jennifer Reeves, Jon Schluenz, Kirsten Stoltman, and Kristen Thiele. Randolph St. Gallery, 756 N. Milwaukee, Friday, May 5, 7:00, 666-7737.

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