Matthew Graner, , "The Dark Horse,"
2006, digital photograph printed
on Fuji Crystal archive paper.
George Katzenberger, "Airway
Avenue, Costa Mesa," 2004, pigment
ink print (from infrared film), 8 x 12".
||With individual invention and artistic sensitivity, photographs of the “Analog/Digital II” exhibition extend the possibilities of the camera arts. Magical subject matter, light usage, textural arrangements and haunting moods abound in a show with verve and muscle. Erik Larsen uses a single utility light to create repetitive circular patterns that form whimsical abstract designs. With his discovery of altering how he pulls film from a Polaroid, he enhances possible effects and multiple exposures. Larsen then shapes the paper and arranges the work, some in frames hanging from clothespins, in ways that are more painterly than photographic. Using digital photography, Robert Johnson explores how meandering lines placed on a flat but textured stone surface alter the effect of the image and our perception of it.
Over a light box, Katrin Korfman places more than 300 tiny video clips of a night scene made with a rotating camera. Light penetrates the paper and filters through the dark and lightness of each photo, emitting a fascinating twinkling effect that unites the parts into an hypnotic whole. Larry Vogel has abandoned the darkroom in favor of digital cameras and UltraChrome inkjet printing. His work involves broad verdant landscapes manipulated with a slightly out-of-focus blur. While we know we see a grove of trees, it also becomes a field of brilliant expressionist color and shapes, as Vogel transforms realism into abstraction.