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.