Lower East Side gallery Cindy Rucker perhaps felt short of photography and play by showing Valerie Piriano, a young emerging artist (MFA from Columbia 2009). Her multi-media installation dealing with nostalgia, memory and domesticity was delicately placed within the gallery walls, and yet one felt as if you have seen this work before.The trend for depilated, abandoned, disarrayed domestic spaces are everywhere, and Valerie is just one of the many. For her to stand out from the current trend there must be something new she is bringing to the table or perhaps the usage of materials could bring into light other wise over used content. Her usage of material felt romantic as if it were all more part of decorating the gallery. At first glance her “drawn sculptures” seemed to be charcoal rubbings of some abandon house. However, with further investigation they were photographic transfers placed unto a drywall. By her actions of photographing, digitally changing and then making these reliefs, distance the viewer. Her theatricality within the room however was impressive. The usage of the columns and the “idea” of domestic space was felt within the gallery. Yet again the artist felt short when she chose the usage of a slide projector with multiple slides within the canister that didn’t move. The question was what was the purpose of that slide projector? Why did it not project the various slides? Perhaps the artist wanted us to have those questions but the way it was delivered it felt short. Perhaps not obvious enough. Her touch within each piece was felt and there is a sense of attention to detail that is predominant and that is why one would question these choices. Maybe the gallery didn’t give her the proper projector for these slides or perhaps those “drawn sculptures” were just a new technic she was trying out, yet again she is an emerging artist and hopefully some of these issues will be worked out in the end. Still a great show to look at for creative usage of image and great sense of usage of space and installation.