The Black Pictures
July 28 to August 22, 2010
Preview Reception next Wednesday, July 28 from 6 to 10PM, with Gail Pine in attendance.
Free drinks courtesy of Ninkasi Brewing Co. We'll also be open late on Last Thursday.
Deep into the darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing, Doubting, dreaming dreams
no mortals ever dared to dream before; But the silence was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token.
- Edgar Allen Poe
Our August show features twenty gelatin silver photographs by Santa Barbara artist, Gail Pine.
Borrowing their titles from the poetry of Poe & their mercurial, reductive substance from the missing
stories of lost snapshots, her pieces compel us to peer into the darkness of their surface & ponder
several questions. Just what type of image is this? Is it antique or contemporary? What do the
ghostly figures & luminescent landscapes have to tell us about daily fears & nightly dreams? "While
I initially started with death lying thick within my brain," Pine notes, "after working on The Black
Pictures the better part of a year, I came to realize that I was actually rebirthing these lost snapshots,
creating new allegories, a kind of schism of sorts. Incestuous by their very nature, and reborn in the
complete blackness of a darkroom, these snapshots have given birth to new, opposite variations of