4.5 stars

StutzArtSpace at the Stutz Business

Center; through March 25.

I couldn’t help but notice upon

entering this gallery the live Twitter feed projected on the wall,

containing the tweets of the exhibited artists and their friends.

Whether or not this kind of communication is a good thing in general,

who knows? But it certainly made sense to include it in this show,

curated by Andy Chen.

Ron Kern’s work had a way of

putting everything into perspective by combining the Victorian

obsession of picture trading with new media; he merged a Victorian

photo album with modern computer screen. On one side of the screen

you see a digitally printed black and white self-portrait; on the

other side you see a leather-bound photo album. “People back

then wanted the same thing they want now. They just had a different

way of doing it,” says Kern.

Other photographs in this show have

seemingly nothing to do with digital media, such as Paul D'Andrea’s

photograph, “At the Bridge’s Edge,” that portrays

water under one of the bridges along the White River canal in

luminous blue ripples against pitch black shadow. But then, D'Andrea

had been walking towards the Creation Café to meet Andy Chen

for a social gathering at the time he shot that photo. Just be glad

he didn’t Twitter that particular moment away.


Dan Grossman is NUVO's arts editor.

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