Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Robert R. Rough - Corner Coffee - Aug. 24, 2005 - 3 stars

Corny titles (like "Got the time?" of the familiar mound of watches in the window of Sasha's in Broad Ripple) don't help elevate the eight photography images by Gough beyond what you would expect from a well-immersed and well-trained hobbyist. Gough is capable of more. Quality of presentation and images exhibited are inconsistent as if Gough hasn't found his niche or tapped into a unique personal style with his art. Is he still experimenting or slightly uncomfortable with his technology? Typical landscape images and cats are (yawn) OK, but too ordinarily composed and conceived and thus average. Some are on the periphery of being great with "800 West Sunset" defying its mundane companions. Trees are black silhouetted against a hot sunset reflecting off of what appears to be an icy, flooded bank. Obviously with the direct sunlight, the aperture was set high and thus the image is crisp throughout. It's an unusual look at the everyday phenomenon against an unlikely setting. For the $95 price, it's a prize. Through August 2005. -Mary Lee Pappas

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