Goddamn Rod Penner and his small photo-realistic paintings. They get me in the door every time. From the sidewalk, I always think it’s a photography show, and I always get in to find his stupid little paintings that make for unspectacular photographs and even more puzzling paintings. What is the interest in photo-realistic painting? The technique? Is it really that impressive nowadays? Hell, I even got a picture or two in before I realized they weren’t digital inkjet prints on canvas. And why does Penner keep doing this? Doesn’t the ability to make things look like photographs just get repetitive?