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This weekend is the last chance to check out In Your Face, a group show aimed at investigating an international take on portraiture. Curator Nikki Cohen writes that the show "re-imagines portraiture in broad terms in order to question established notions of the figure. The show illustrates how young international artists reinvigorate the genre and redefine representation today." To that end, artist Elizabeth Dyer writes that her practice, "draw(s) on the particular importance of confronting a single subject within the context of an isolated situation and strive(s) to reveal our human perceptions of identity in relation to our surrounding environment." Painter Mary Lydecker, by contrast, takes her subjects "from family photographs, particularly those of my sister and myself as children. Reworking these images, within architectonic landscapes formed by interlocking structures and oversized, illegible text involves a reconsideration of personal history and a critique of the stability and limits of memory." There will be a closing party at Tria Gallery this Saturday August 23rd from 5-6pm. Artists include Ben Aqua and Mike Ruiz (a.k.a OK!Fresh), Megan Cedro, Elizabeth Dyer, Illana Hester, and Mary Lydecker.