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In the Galleries - Camp Out: Finding Home in an Unstable World CLOSES September 16 at Laumeier Sculpture Park



"The dream of home has imploded over the past three decades," asserts this international group exhibit's curatorial statement. Despite that dire premise, Camp Out is provocatively light, airy and optimistic — suggesting that "home," in its conventional sense, needed a little roughing up. Making use of Laumeier Sculpture Park's indoor and outdoor exhibition spaces, the artists present scenarios for living in a rootless epoch, a period when "place" has come to refer to a global or virtual construct. Oliver Bishop-Young has outfitted a Dumpster — prominently displayed on Laumeier's lawn — with salvaged indoor shelving units that he has filled with meticulously organized collections of leaves, branches, twigs and other sweep-away bits of nature. Studio Dré Wapenaar contributes a teardrop-shaped treehouse made from tent fabric that you can climb into via a utility ladder and survey the surrounding area through small clear-plastic portals. Michael Rakowitz supplies instructions for re-creating his makeshift shelter, a structure made with $5 worth of plastic bags (garbage and Ziploc) and kept inflated by any available air duct. A chicken coop and a raised vegetable bed supply the groundwork for Kim Yasuda's relational project, which will culminate in a neighborhood potluck at the exhibition's close. Indoors, an iridescent plastic fire blazes falsely, a video titled Pruitt-Igoe Falls perpetually repeats the demolition of a French housing project, and what appears to be a sculptural mound of tiny cardboard houses on a plinth turns out to be a costume meant to be worn. Suburban sprawl, housing crisis, class disparity, capitalism in chaos, the ubiquity of technology — art may or may not have any capacity to offer solutions, but it sure does make you think. Through September 16 at Laumeier Sculpture Park, 12580 Rott Road, Sunset Hills; 314-615-5278 or www.laumeier .org. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Sat. and Sun. (Outdoor grounds open daily from 8 a.m. to a half-hour past sunset)

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