Opening: Charles Swedlund at Higher Pictures
Charles Swedlund’s photographs don’t just hang on the wall—they also come in the form of flip books, coins, matchbooks, and, perhaps most appropriately, puzzles. This show, which bares the title “Buy Photographs – Not Gold! and Other Works, 1970 – 1975,” looks at Swedlund’s interest in exploring the image’s ability to both document and disguise, and to allow for fine craft and tomfoolery in equal measure. Swedlund did everything from in-camera multiple exposures to fisheye-lensed nudes to experimentation with color toning and, in the process, looked at the popularity of photography. This show even what Swedlund called a Photographic Gumball Machine, which dispenses images of nude figures. How could you resist that?
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