Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Entering a gallery and facing a wall-size photograph is a disorienting pleasure, especially when you encounter a piece with serious resolution. Viewing Doug Hall's 5-foot-wide digital prints of tourist sites, plazas, and the American west is to become immersed, gazing at the grandeur along with the accumulated crowds that typically pop up in his work. Mount Rushmore 2004, for instance, is not just a picture of our stone-face presidents; it's a picture of people taking pictures of our presidents, exactly like Hall, and it's just as enjoyable to pore over the throng as it is to stand in dutiful awe at the looming ghosts. "Photographs" runs through Oct. 8 at the Rena Bransten Gallery, 77 Geary (at Grant), S.F. Admission is free; call 982-3292 or visit www.renabranstengallery.com.

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