Aldous Huxley, Meet George W.

Diaspora Vibe takes a dystopic look at post-9/11 America

Other People, an installation by Nancy Price, includes eight photographs of the artist in bucolic settings where she holds up signs bearing cryptic messages. The outfit she wore in the pictures, a ruffled white skirt and blue silk blouse, is also on display.

In one photograph Price appears in a marsh, holding a sign that reads, "Insurgent: What does that mean?" In another she stands next to a wooden arrow that towers over her and points to the sky. She clutches a sign that states, "War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength." Price's Orwellian doublespeak is magnified by a sandwich board next to her that bears a profile of President Bush with the legend "Am I for real Big Ear" printed on it.

In one of Price's most provocative pictures, she is bouncing on a trampoline and holding up a sign that reads, "Hell is other people," echoing the commander in chief's notions that America has become a place where the "other" is a terrorist and that "you're either with us or against us."

It's difficult to see how Dorie Millerson's Attachments I and II fit into the rubric of this show. The exquisite installation made of needlepoint lace and cotton sculptures is isolated in the gallery's project room.

One of her delicate business card-size works, dangling from the ceiling on a string next to a wall, depicts a Twenties-era mother, daughter, and son rendered in monochromatic beige tones. In another she has painstakingly crafted a span bridge the size of a shoebox, which is suspended at eye level from a string attached to opposing walls. These works are dramatically lighted and cast long shadows that sweep across a vast expanse of the space.

Although it is quite lovely, Millerson's work seems to be more a commentary on the passage of time and might have been forced into the show as a nod between friends.

"Brave New World" raises plenty of questions about how 9/11 changed the world. Foremost among these might be: Is America better off now than it was before the war on terrorism? A visit to this show reminds us the answers are no clearer and the outlook just as muddy.

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