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Labor of Love

Exhibit shows the baby bumps and lady lumps of pregnancy.


As artist Christa Donner puts it, "Art illuminates science, and science informs art" in tonight's opening of Phenomena(l) at Spaces Gallery. And she's chosen a theme of female fertility for her contribution to the 13-artist display. "Fertility is a huge, hot topic right now," says Donner. "All the celebrity magazines are interested in the pregnancies of the stars. And there's new fertility options on the front page of a lot of others." The multimedia exhibit is a homecoming for Donner. Now living in Chicago, she's a Cleveland Institute of Art grad, who worked at Spaces for four years during college. Knowing the gallery as well as she does, Donner says she was able to fill it with edgy pieces that portray the human reproductive system, such as — what else? — babies sprouting out of women's bodies. A Donner-produced video with biologist Andrew Yang continues the mating theme in toads, aphids, and termites. And she's produced a zine in which she interviewed 35 women on issues ranging from fertility and adoption to abortion and childlessness. "There's a broad range of issues out there dealing with fertility," says Donner. "This has to do with the ways people have dealt with it." Phenomena(l) is on display from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays, and 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays through Friday, March 7, at Spaces, 2220 Superior Viaduct. Admission is free. Call 216-621-2314 or visit
Fridays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: Jan. 18. Continues through March 7, 2008

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