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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Carol Cisneros: Falling

Posted on Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 4:00 AM

Critic's Pick Release Date: 2011-01-26

A few weeks ago, artist and musician Carol Cisneros performed a “21st-century jazz sonata” with Jay Fort’s Nuclear Hamsters (Chuck Glave, George Prado, and Joe Gonzalez) at the opening reception for Falling, a survey of her music and art career currently on view at Bihl Haus. Although Falling (which is also the title of her new CD) deals with serious themes (growing older, opportunities lost and found, and — in her music at least — the heroes and victims of September 11th), exotic colors (“aquamarine,” “pink flamingo,” and “electric lime” are all on the artist’s palette), “child-like joy,” and unexpected elements like fabric scraps, foil, torn bits of musical notation, and “jiggly plastic bubble eyes” add whimsy to Cisneros’ richly textured paintings. On Saturday, Cisneros, who’s shared stages with the likes of Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, will shed light on 20 years in the business of blurring the lines between what’s seen and what’s heard. Free, 2pm, Bihl Haus Arts, 2803 Fredericksburg (inside the gates of Primrose at Monticello Park), (210) 732-3502, bihlhausarts.org.

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