Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Patrick Craig Manning " Cardinal Points - The Photography Gallery - March 17, 2004 - 1 1/2 stars

At the Photography Gallery, when pieces are visually uninteresting, the quality and presentation are usually still quite high, redeeming the work. In this case, the presentation is faulty. The Bitmap Series, multicolored cubes of color that, as the statement explains, are "created by a computer program that randomly assigns 16.7 million possible colors to each file in the digital bitmap file," are printed on an Epson matte paper that bows from the flat black mat boards they are mounted to. This presentation is sloppy for such visually clean work, although one image from the series has a small ink globby in one mini color block that is glaring against the mod design. The artist's intent, that each map is a "presentation of choices, a record of what we value, what we represent, and what we ignore," is ineffective. Through March 31, 2004; 317-423-9237. -Mary Lee Pappas

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