, California-based artist Bessma Khalaf's solo show at Gallery Four. The single-channel video installation "Standing on a Beach" engulfs most of a wall in the gallery's front room, where the lights are turned low to complement the setting sun's dimness. The video loop of "Standing" is short-just over two minutes-and in those 129 seconds Khalaf quietly but powerfully documents time's annihilating circle. In the time it takes to relax at the sight of this beach view's peaceful, easy feeling, it changes. Where the sun is located begins to flicker, and then it sparks into an actual flame. Soon fire is consuming the image, and there's nothing but blackness behind it. It appears this beach scene is projected on a combustible scrim of some sort, which burns patiently but thoroughly, destroying everything in its path. The waves disappear, as does their ebb and flow lullaby, replaced by fire's steady crackle. Just before it fades to black and starts again, all that's left are the tops of flames dancing at the bottom of a black void, and the faintest, skin-puckering noise of fire reducing the last of its fuel into carbon. Heaven turns to oblivion and back again.