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Walk through a room made entirely of sandpaper tonight

Will Gleason

Start your weekend-long plunge into the Dumbo Arts Festival in a memorable (and potentially scratchy) way tonight with the opening reception for Traci Talasco’s new installation “Rub Me The Wrong Way” at BAC Gallery (111 Front St) from 6-9pm.

For the unique exhibition, Talasco has transformed the entire downtown Brooklyn gallery space into an interactive, “domestic” environment constructed entirely from one material: sandpaper. That’s right, for once the most abrasive thing at a gallery opening won’t be the line-cutters at the open bar.

The installation uses thousands of pieces of sandpaper to create floral wallpaper, molding, panelling, tile-patterned floors and other symbols of domesticity. By contrasting the traditional symbols of homemaking with the rough, unpleasant material, Talasco hopes to represent the unrealistic expectations and pressure that society places on women. It’s The Yellow Wallpaper meets Home Depot.

The installation will be on view at BAC Gallery until February 13. Talasco will talk about her work on November 6, along with a screening of a film about the installation, “The Making of Rub Me The Wrong Way,” on February 5. And after you scruff up your heels at the opening tonight, you can hit up some more of our picks for this year's can't-miss Dumbo Arts Festival events while you're in the 'hood.


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