Jan. 17-Feb. 14, Argenta Branch of the Laman Library, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays. Opening reception 5-8 p.m. Jan. 17.
Collage artist Meikel Church “challenges concepts of perception,” his website says, by moving images from one setting and presentation to another. In his “The Last Time I Leave,” for example, an old photograph of a young boy in an oversized coat that signals he’s impoverished is placed next to a ship silhouette, as if the artist is sending him away. Like nearly all Church’s characters, the child wears a cut-out crown. Church doesn’t explain the crowns, but the gilt paper suggests he’s giving the child a bit of power. An opening reception for “The Whisper Kingdom,” 5-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, coincides with the Third Friday Argenta ArtWalk.