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Fresh Linens from the Basement


The Boise State Department of Art has hit the ground running this semester. Not only is the Visual Arts Center is packed with radness--Francoise Duresse's "The Paper Bag Test" (see Picks Page 17) and Anika Smulovitz's "Contemporary Judaica"--but Department of Art professors are also branching out into the community to share their work.

On First Thursday, Sept. 2, from 5-9 p.m., four Boise State art professors--Ryan Mandell, Caroline Earley, Chad Erpelding and Craig Peariso--will open a group show at The Gallery at the Linen Building.

According to his artist's statement, Mandell's sculptures and photographs involve "scaled down and streamlined versions of existing architectural forms that are either re-contextualized or re-presented in such a way that architecture's social influence (or potential for social influence) becomes more evident." Earley's sculptural ceramics work, on the other hand, explores the relationship between form and function, while Erpelding's paintings and drawings investigate "the physical and mental spread of culture on a global scale through references to maps and charts," according to his artist's statement. And Peariso's recent art history work delves into stereotypes in late-60s American protest movements.

Those who want to hear more about the exhibit from its creators can head over to the Linen Building on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m. for a special presentation. 5-9 p.m., FREE, The Gallery at the Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., 208-385-0111,

If you haven't made it over to Basement Gallery yet for "Never Forever," slink down into the subterranean space for a glimpse of Seattle artist Ego's whimsically dark tattoo- and street-art-influenced pieces before the show comes down on Saturday, Sept. 4. Also be sure to take a peep at the gallery's two micro-exhibits: the circus-influenced "Let Me Entertain You," with pieces from Jim Budde, Molly Hill, Tarmo Watia and Keith Farnsworth and "Chrysalis," with work from Kelly Packer, Tobias Cresci and Cody Rutty. FREE, Basement Gallery, 928 Main St., 208-333-0309,

For a full list of First Thursday events click here.