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Amanda Ross-Ho at Cherry and Martin
Amanda Ross-Ho at Cherry and Martin

The title of Amanda Ross-Ho's intriguing new exhibition at Cherry and Martin bemoans the frustrations of communication. "Half of what I say is meaningless" is most recognizable as the first line of the Beatles' song "Julia," but it actually comes from a text by Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran, in which the second line reads, "But I say it so that the other half may reach you." It's a sentiment that Ross-Ho appears to have taken to heart. Her seemingly casual arrangement of objects and images -- some quite remarkable, others banal -- makes it difficult to separate the potentially significant from the superfluous. Reproductions of family photos and...