Cribbing its title from Wittgenstein, this group exhibition features 28 framed photographs propped up on shelves, making for easy curatorial rearrangements and multiple affinities. James Welling’s Lock (1978) captures a heavy length of lumber used to secure a door; its angled shadow is echoed in the background of Hannah Whitaker’s E8 (2008), a color photo of a Spirograph-style diagram of the universe, derived from physicist Garrett Lisi’s “An Exceptionally Simple Theory of Everything.” This pairing and others, such as a shot of dozens of U-shaped metal hasps next to an image of black balloons stuffed with rocks, set the mind to mulling anew photography’s unique ability to mine aesthetics from the plain facts of the world.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. Starts: Dec. 3. Continues through Dec. 20, 2008
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 26, 2008