Limits of PhotographyJan 1 — Mar 25, 2012

  • Randy Hayes, Kyoto, Japan, 2011

  • Randy Hayes, Pass Christian, Mississippi, 2011

  • John Brill, Untitled, 1991

  • Dan Hojnacki, Christmas Cactus With Chair, 2010

  • Vera Klement, War Monody (Autumn), 2004

  • Rhona Shand, Muribund Ideologies, 2001

  • Doug Stapleton, Push, 2011

Chris Naka
Curtis Mann
Daniel Hojnacki
Doug Stapleton
J.J. Murphy
John Brill
Randy Hayes
Rhona Shand
Sally Ketcham
Vera Klement

Limits of Photography explores the area where the viewer loses faith in the veracity of photography. The exhibition title exploits a double meaning. The first is that many of the artists in the show push photography to the limits of recognizing it as photography. The second refers to the limitations encountered when we trust photography as if it were perception—as if it were a window rather than a flat, constructed surface. These two obviously play off against each other and provide good metaphoric possibilities for making art as well as for viewing.



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