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From Stephanie Brooks, whose strange song lyrics have been borrowed from nonmusical sources, to Jan Estep, who makes outline drawings of Antarctica, the 12 artists in this show mostly take a playful approach to art making in the age of appropriation. For his whimsical Build Your Own Chicago, Matt Bergstrom made cards printed with the facades of famous buildings, which can be cut out and put together in three-dimensional form. He also painstakingly assembled each structure and put it in a case, making the familiar hobbyist's point--that we can all be builders--with a winningly optimistic post-9/11 elegance. Aaron Wilson's sculpture Bear 2 offers a creepy blend of nature and technology: the front half of his bear is wrapped in a heavy-duty orange extension cord that's plugged into the floor, providing the power for the blue light box from which the creature appears to emerge. Teresa Cole makes a similar statement about human manufacture superseding nature in her 20-foot-wide, 16-panel set of prints, Clouds and Swags: hung beneath drawings of clouds is a rendering of satin drapery. But while the clouds are simply outlined in heavy black, the drapery is supple, even seductive. Gallery 312, 312 N. May, through October 19. Hours are 11 to 5 Tuesday through Saturday; 312-942-2500.

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