Having battled the masses during tax-free weekend at Valley View Center, we'd never describe Dallas as open, spacious or empty. But artist Ali Akbar, having been raised in the crowded cities of Bangladesh, has a different view. He says of Dallas, "The heated landscape, radiating its space out to engulf a person, is the opposite experience of people consuming every corner of land." These themes of space and isolation drive his works of art, which are collages of paint chips glued to white canvases, often showing colors, map figures and flag shapes inspired by Bangladesh. His exhibit, Ali Akbar: Into the Void, which opens Richland College's fall art season, runs Wednesday through September 29 in the Brazos Gallery, 12800 Abrams Road. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 972-238-6339.
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