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CiFo's latest round of winners explores the art of darkness.

The Ecuadorian artist, who snagged a CiFo Commission Award, has created more than 100 small acrylic-on-wood paintings that are gorgeous and atmospheric and offer a parallel view of the world.

He selected five paths in remote sections of his homeland and documented them "photographically" using Google Earth.

He then visited the desolate areas and photographed them from a traveler's perspective. Cardoso used the aerial and ground shots as a springboard from reality, painting the images identically enough to confuse.

Beautiful Landscape No.4: Must be in the eye of the beholder.
Courtesy of Israel Meza Moreno
Beautiful Landscape No.4: Must be in the eye of the beholder.

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Interrogating Systems: 2008 Grants and Commissions Exhibition: Through June 22. CiFo Art Space, 1018 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-544-3380, www.cifo.org

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The postcard- and paperback-book-size paintings are displayed floor-to-ceiling on the gallery walls; the satellite images contrast starkly with the artist's on-location portrayals of the sticks.

Cardoso's opus deserves pride of place here, but some viewers will find CiFo's more transgressive offerings more difficult to shake off after the show.

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