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Location is everything. It’s true in real estate, and it’s true in the artwork being shown in “Stories About Place: Gustavo Bonevardi, Dias & Riedweg, Cesar González, Liliana Porter, Melanie Smith,” now on exhibit at Sicardi Gallery. Gustavo Bonevardi, fascinated by archeological sites and ruins, incises letters into soft, black rock, referencing the Rosetta Stone and suggesting an unknowable history. The art duo Dias & Riedweg devised Malas Para Marcel, placing small valises throughout Rio de Janeiro and videotaping each as it was picked up and carried on its journey. Cesar González’s untitled constellations are ink-on-paper drawings of small figures engaged in various relationships, interacting with landscapes filled with dreamlike objects and creatures. Liliana Porter uses figurines to create theatrical vignettes in Lavandera and Traveler With Lost Things, visual comments on the human condition. Melanie Smith’s collages use images of local animal and plant life in the Amazon jungle, overlaid on archival documents such as ledgers, diagrams and machine schematics from the 1940s.
See “Stories About Place” 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays. Through October 25. 1506 West Alabama. For information, call 713‑529‑1313 or visit sicardi.com. Free.