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Basim Magdy: How to Build an Invisible Monument 

When: Jan. 22-March 8 2013
Price: Free

Egyptian artist Basim Magdy likes to promote the incongruities in life. In a 2007 article, the multimedia artist said: "Absurdity perplexes a lot of people. I think we tend to think more about the things we don't understand, because they challenge us ... This, for me is where confusion could become the means of subversion." Magdy also incorporates sarcasm and humor in his pieces, making for a strange mix. Take one work coming to Colorado College's Coburn Gallery (902 N. Cascade Ave., blog.coloradocollege.edu/ideaspace), in which a smile is drawn on a flower petal, underscored by a line of text: "No one will ever care." Perplexed? Then check out his solo show, opening today with a 4:30 reception and artist's talk. The show's free through March 8. — Edie Adelstein

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