Reviewed: Keith Lane at Hillyer Art Space
Maybe I’ve managed to miss it, but I find it somewhat surprising that we haven’t seen more iPhone photography move into art galleries. Keith Lane’s project, “iwishyouwerehere,” provides one early effort that offers both the promise and the pitfalls of smartphone projects. Lane made dozens and dozens of images from his daily life on his iPhone, then printed them (sometimes first tweaking them using apps) before finally posting them on the gallery wall in a somewhat haphazard manner. The downside to his project is that it includes a lot of small, often indistinct images that fall prey to self-indulgence. Do we really need to see multiple snapshots of tourist sites or what Lane ate for lunch? The upside, though, includes serendipitous photographs that might not otherwise have been captured, such as the blur outside the window of a moving airplane or the sun captured through an orange-hued pair of upturned sunglasses. A small fraction of Lane’s images are superb, such as a self-portrait in a blocky geometry of gray, but as a whole, the exhibit seems most valuable as a signpost for what photography exhibits are going to be like in the future. Also on exhibit: Joan Belmar’s mixed-media assemblages featuring translucent materials that honor whimsically archaic technologies.
Through Oct. 28 at Hillyer Art Space, 9 Hillyer Court, NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 338-0680. Mon 12-5, Tue-Fri 12-6, Sat 12-5.