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JUN 23, 2010


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'Save Face'

Why: Ariana Page Russell wears masks made of skin. They're temporary tattoos of her own flushing skin, which she applies to her face and neck, then features in stark self-portrait photographs against a plain white background. In one, red strips of tattoo are wrapped tightly around the contours of her lower face, as if her blood were on the outside. Another looks like the aftermath of a chemical peel—refreshed or abused? The images hang in a row, each one a symbol of ritual and changeability, a new meaning for the intimacy of skin on skin. (Platform Gallery, 114 Third Ave S, 323-2808. 11 am–5:30 pm, free.)

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