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Critics' picks - Visual Arts

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December 2, 2007

Sound and vision

The Scottish artist Jim Lambie specializes in vibrant, eye-popping installation art, but "RSVP: Jim Lambie" also has a lot to do with sound. Arcs of parallel black lines pulsate along a wall at the Museum of Fine Arts, a reference to the grooves in a vinyl record, says Lambie, who is also a DJ. Over that Op-Art-style backdrop, he has mounted sculptures made of chairs sliced in half and assembled into many-legged forms, painted gaudy colors and hung with mirrored handbags. "The sculpture elements are like, well, you know the way dust gathers on the needle?" Lambie says. At the MFA through May 25. 617-267-9300, mfa.org

On the horizon

Dorota Kolodziejczyk's edgy, lush color field-style paintings at Julie Chae Gallery play bait and switch with landscape, deftly treading the line between abstraction and representation. For the works in "Dorota Kolodziejczyk: Scenic," she stains and pours paint vertically on the canvas, sometimes prodding it with a brush, then turns the work on its side so all the verticals read like horizon lines. Those horizons build into shifty, spacious landscapes, but look twice and they flatten into an all-surface ode to color. At 450 Harrison Ave., through Saturday. 617-357-0001, juliechae gallery.com

- Cate McQuaid

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