Where to Go and What to See

Then we have Chris Kitze's The Electric Image up today at powerHouse Arena's Windows on Main (appropriately). I've glanced at postcards of his glass window--neon sign--innocent bystander juxtapositions before but finally took the time to peruse his series this time. Although this kind of thing has been done before, it's still hard to do well, and that's how Kitze does it. Plus I'm into how he alternates between Tokyo, Shanghai, New York, Las Vegas, and Paris.

You know how there are two kinds of "big weeks" for openings? There are the big openings, like, say, an Avedon retrospective at ICP or Jeff Wall at the MoMA. And then there are the weeks packed with openings for artists you're pretty sure you know about but can't quite put your finger on. And then you look them up and are like, oh yeah, that guy, he's great! Well, guess which week this is...

That's right, I had no fewer than four of those "oh yeah" moments while going through this week's listings. First up, Matthew Pillsbury, whose Elapsed show goes up at Bonni Benrubi on Thursday. You'd think I would remember him, since I've written about his work at least two other times (once when I he won an award and was shown at PHotoEspaña) and I always have glowing things to say about it. This show appears to be a mix of several of his projects, which all involve dark, b&w, time-lapse photography where stationary objects--buildings, electronic screens, stuffed wildlife--take on the appearance of monuments, while the people around them become transitory ghosts.

Then we have Chris Kitze's The Electric Image up today at powerHouse Arena's Windows on Main (appropriately). I've glanced at postcards of his glass window--neon sign--innocent bystander juxtapositions before but finally took the time to peruse his series this time. Although this kind of thing has been done before, it's still hard to do well, and that's how Kitze does it. Plus I'm into how he alternates between Tokyo, Shanghai, New York, Las Vegas, and Paris.

I also finally took a close look at Jessica Todd Harper, whose _Interior Exposure_s series is going up at Cohen Amador on Wednesday. Harper's intimate, old-money family portraits also remind me of other things (i.e. Tina Barney), but they are still fresh and genuine and haunting in the best way.

Finally, at the Lisa Sette Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona, a new project from Kahn/Selesnick. If you don't know about these guys, you should. They've worked together for 20 years creating "narrative photo-novellas," as they like to call them. Basically they develop elaborate stories with fantastical locations and characters and then photograph them in long panoramas and turn them into books with fairy-tale caption-titles...oh, it's easier if you just go look at them.

~Miki Johnson

(Photo: "Emilie and Stephano, 2005" © Jessica Todd Harper)

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