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The CAMH showcases the lush video works of Pipilotti Rist

Related Legs (Yokohama Dandelions) (2001) is Rist's most dynamic use of video. She has filled the space with panels of cheap lace curtains, the stock in trade of a Swiss hausfrau. One video plays in the corner, while another skims over the floor and reaches across the ceiling of the entire main gallery, striking the lace like sunlight and spilling over the tops of walls. Rist disorients the viewer as she activates the static gallery space.

The mirrored footage of Sip My Ocean rolls into itself to hypnotic video.
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The mirrored footage of Sip My Ocean rolls into itself to hypnotic video.

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Through January 14, 2007.
the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose, 713-284-8250.

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Rist's smallest but most pointedly humorous work is Selbstlos im Lavabad (Selfless in the Bath of Lava) (1994), screened on a two-inch monitor implanted in the gallery floor. We see a naked woman against an obviously fake background of molten lava. She reaches her arms up to us and yells -- polyglot Swiss that she is -- in four languages. "I am a worm and you are a flower!" "You would have done everything much better, help me, forgive me." Suddenly the viewer becomes a giant peering down at the tiny, trapped figure and an absurd part of the installation.

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