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Recent Sculpture: Bronzes and Stainless Steel Works by David Borgerding 

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David Borgerding's finely crafted metal sculptures may resonate differently with different viewers. To some, they may look cellular. Living creatures are made up of cells, but Borgerding's just happen to be several feet long and as finely made as aircraft components, leapfrogging our evolution from primal ooze to the space shuttle. But the cells and armatures of works like Aelu, Supo or Adawa can also appear mantislike, as if sleekly elegant insects had evolved on metallic asteroids somewhere in the reaches of outer space. But like the surrealist Joan Miro before him, Borgerding can return the mind of the viewer to the shadowy depths of inner space.

  Paulina Sierra's sculptures deal with space and form in ways that are familiar yet spooky. In one, a bit of florid lace stocking conforms to the shape of a delicate female foot but is empty of flesh, and the effect is about as ornately ghostly as a recently shed snakeskin. That sense of emptiness within presence also appears in a life-size table set with a cup and saucer. A chair awaits its occupant, but like the cup and saucer and even the table itself, this is a gauzy lace concoction crystallized into a chair through a space-age hardening agent. Sagging under the weight of its gossamer filaments, it occupies a world of tangible auras where absence is suggested by presence in much the way that the scent of perfume on a pillow lingers like an afterimage. Ghostly too are Emily Farranto's paintings in the adjacent chamber. Some are more fully realized than others, but in one a swimming pool shimmers with a quality of light that is as warm and inviting as it is elusive. Here the rays of a distant sun come to rest in a pleasantly diffuse and lightly chlorinated evocation of the infinite. — D. Eric Bookhardt

Through March 28

Recent Sculpture: Bronzes and Stainless Steel Works by David Borgerding

Gallery Bienvenu, 518 Julia St., 525-0518; www.gallerybienvenu.com

Through March 19

Intimate Topographies: Sculpture by Paulina Sierra

Slowness: Paintings by Emily Farranto

Coup d'Oeil Art Gallery, 2033 Magazine St., 722-0876; www.coupdoeilartconsortium.com

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