Reality Check

Gaston Ugalde

Sandra & David Bakalar Gallery

Matthew Brandt, Daniel Gordon, Stephen Mallon, Chris McCaw, Christina Seely, Angela Strassheim, Gastón Ugalde

Clicking the shutter is just the beginning of the photographer's touch. Whether adding ectoplasmic forms to Spiritualist photographs, creating false narratives in Communist political propaganda, or airbrushing unattainable ideals of feminine beauty, photographers have manipulated their images throughout the history of the medium. Thus, viewers must question every picture's verisimilitude. Digital technologies have now given photographers even more control in constructing imagery-and we have learned to trust our eyes even less.

Reality Check brings together seven artists whose work strikes the present-day viewer as digitally altered. However, the exhibition's extraordinary images are the results of other, often slow and painstaking, non-digital processes. Despite many viewers' jaded expectations of retouching, the artists in Reality Check capture intriguing moments and phenomena in the world around us. The works on view expand our vision, challenge our preconceptions of contemporary photographic processes, and celebrate that, even as the digital world occupies more of our lives, there are innumerable strange, surprising, and magical quirks left to be discovered in the real world.

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Gallery hours:
Mon-Sat: 12:00-6:00PM
Wed: 12:00-8:00PM

Holiday Hours:
November 25, 26, & 27: CLOSED. Saturday, November 28: 12:00-6:00PM

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