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Tonico Lemos Auad at CRG, through June 29
In “Figa,” Tonico Lemos Auad seems to transform mundane materials like wood, brick and discarded soda cans into symbolic objects. A 6-foot-tall monumental human hand made of mortared brick gives the common Brazilian gesture for good luck (thumb protruding between pointer and middle fingers). Other works, like the silvery wall piece Reflected Archeology, require audience participation. Viewers can scratch off a layer of silver ink with coins that the artist provides, eventually uncovering an underlying photomural.