The boundary between fantasy and reality can be very thin. When photography was first introduced there was a general assumption that a developed image showed a true moment captured in time. Almost immediately, however, photographers began playing with the veracity of their pictures, moving a few things around before taking a photo or outright staging a whole scene. The artists in the “POP!” group show play with this notion of truth in photography, adding a splash of digital-age obfuscation as well as a thoroughly modern color palette. Selected from the work of the Bay Area Photographers Collective, the photos in the show feature a series by Charlotte Niel in which torn-out magazine images depicting a Photoshopped, idealized femininity are laid over pictures of real-life women, heightening the sense of the unreal. Barbara Kyne photographs inside museums but deliberately leaves her lens out of focus so that a human figure seated in front of a Rothko becomes part of the abstraction. Meanwhile Ari Salomon’s Interfaceseries finds human expressions in the inanimate objects of urban Japan, including a recycling bin that seems to smile at you. Join the photographers for a combined artist reception/holiday sale that promises both visual stimulation and a shortened seasonal shopping list.
Nov. 15-Jan. 12, 6 p.m., 2012