Wednesday, June 07, 2006


Pittsburgh was full of surprises last weekend. I found the first one when I got off The T Friday morning and saw a sign for a show by Doug and Mike Starn, Absorption + Transmission, at the Wood Street Galleries. Sweet, as my nephew would say.

I first encountered the Starns' snow imagery in their excellent show at Castelli in December. In the top floor of their installation at Wood Street, they implode and explode the snow images repeatedly. The overlapping photographs move from unidentifiable blocks of color to pristine flakes and then recede into nothing.

The transition from digital fullness to nothingness is mesmerizing. The rhythm of disappearance that the Starns strike seems to correspond with our bodies, with what our bodies know. We're going away, and that's alright. In fact, it's beautiful.

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