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"Descent," by Elizabeth Simonson.

Rik Sferra,

Art spotlight: Elizabeth Simonson

  • December 13, 2012 - 2:25 PM

Last call: If Elizabeth Simonson ever took up time traveling, she'd be a superstar in the ancien régime of Louis XVI and Antoinette, that ill-fated French pair who met such unfortunate ends in revolutionary times. Simonson's pretty, chandelier-like confections of wire, glass and beads have graced the walls and ceilings of Walker Art Center and the Weisman Art Museum, among local hot spots, but they would have been even more at home in the coiffures of French nobility or the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles. The former ballet dancer claims her baubles are inspired by molecular structures, but they're just as likely to suggest tutus, cotton candy, ball gowns, lace, Tiffany glass, exotic flowers, fireworks and fanciful holiday ornaments. Besides hanging sculptures, the show includes a selection of Simonson's recent ink drawings, all waiting to be wrapped and delivered by holiday elves. (Ends Dec. 22, free. Bockley Gallery 2123 S. 21st St., just west of Lake of the Isles, Mpls. 612-377-4669 or www.bockleygallery.com)

MARY ABBE

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