Saturday, March 1, 2014

Barbara Probst @ Murray Guy

BP is up to her usual visual games, where the same object is photographed at the same time from varying inventive vantage points to create very different looking pictures. Honestly, I was a little underwhelmed. It’s not unlike work you already know of hers that certainly has felt fresher. Her images have become pro-forma. Heck, even MoMA has rehung their permanent collection in a refreshing self-examining of photography, which illustrates the mechanics of the medium. BP just doesn’t feel as contrary and avant-garde as she once did. That being said, she has gotten really good at what she does. The twelve-picture, multiple floor, interior, exterior image of an apple, shot at what appears to be the same moment, is a tour de force, clearly illustrating how something is photographed creates meaning. It may still be a needed lesson in the visual learning of your average art viewer, but by comparison to the last two Paul Graham shows, BP seems rather safe.

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