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Jerry Uelsmann / Maggie Taylor
at Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA), San Diego, California
Recommendation by Judith Christensen

Jerry Uelsmann, 'Untitled,' 1969, gelatin silver print

Continuing through January 30, 2011

Husband-and-wife Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor are partners in art and in life, and the pairing yields the ideal perspective for viewing each other's work. Both artists build composite images. Uelsmann uses the darkroom, moving the image from enlarger to enlarger, to create his black-and-white, gelatin silver prints. Taylor uses the scanner and computer to produce her color - sometimes it is eye-popping - pigment prints.

Despite these differences, the similarity in their work extends beyond the sharing of parts of images. A certain tree, a pile of rocks, or a ladder, for instance. Their parallel sensibility is particularly evident in four pieces displayed together: two of Taylor's "Alice-in-Wonderland" pieces (2006), and Uelsmann's "The Long Now" (2005) and an untitled piece (1997). The narrative flows between these pieces because of the works' common sense of isolation and timelessness with a surrealistic tinge. Also on view are "Reflections: Exploring Cultural Identity," "In Light: Selections from the Permanent Collection," and "Seeing Beauty."

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