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View Master: Lori Nix, Grace Weston, Jonah Samson

G. Gibson Gallery
Seattle WA – Jun 4-Jul 11, 2009

Lori Nix, Laundromat (2008)

Lori Nix, Laundromat (2008), chromogenic print, edition of 15 [G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle WA, Jun 4-Jul 11]

Jonah Samson, Peeping Tom

Jonah Samson, Peeping Tom (2008), chromogenic print, edition of 15 [G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle WA, Jun 4-Jul 11]

Lori Nix, Grace Weston and Jonah Samson have in common the meticulous practice of fabricating three-dimensional dioramas for the purpose of photo-documentation. In each case, the scenes are later disassembled.

Brooklyn-based Lori Nix reconstructs decaying urban environments on a tabletop in her apartment. The incredible life-like detail portrays what ordinary places like a church or laundry room might look like after being abandoned. The vestiges of seemingly real locations with their traces of neglect have an eerie feeling that conjures up a world of deterioration.

Grace Weston, a Portland photographer, composes her scenes from found objects, toy-like figurines and fabricated props. The initial playfulness in the humorous mock-ups belies the deeper psychological fears, dramas, and tensions of contemporary life. Told through witty narratives, it is the sense of irony between Weston's materials and her conceptual approach, that gives the final photographs their strength.

Jonah Samson's hand-assembled painted sets include toy-like figures in a fictional reality. His recent work Pleasantville recounts darker scenarios like murder scenes and sexual encounters set within a pseudo-suburban backdrop. Vancouver-based, he evokes a sardonic tone in his work that refers to sex and violence as a means of entertainment.

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Allyn Cantor

Lori Nix, Church (2009)

Lori Nix, Church (2009), chromogenic print, edition of 15 [G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle WA, Jun 4-Jul 11]

Grace Weston, Winter Wish, Winter Dream

Grace Weston, Winter Wish, Winter Dream (2006), chromogenic print, edition of 20 [G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle WA, Jun 4-Jul 11]


 Sat, Jun 13, 2009