Museums

Measures of Time

When: Nov. 5-Jan. 10 2009

Susan Hyde Green, Ron Moultrie Saunders, Sharon Wickham, and WinniWintermeyer are showing photographs on classic themes -- the night sky, flowers, architectural interiors, and urban landscapes, respectively -- at 500 12th Street, one of the Oakland Museum of California's satellite spaces. Green's color photos of full moons set against night skies ("Silver Shadow," "Reaching") recall paintings by Ryder, Gottlieb, and Still, but the foliage or clouds, overdrawn in graphite, suggests abraded emulsions, or metal-based tintypes and daguerreotypes. Saunders' sepia-toned photograms ("Salvia," "Aralia"), made by exposing plants atop photographic paper to light without the use of a camera, also suggest early photography's mixture of scientific depiction and poetic realism, as do Wickham's small, monochomatic shots of vignetted stairways ("Secret"), buildings ("Haus"), and shadowy interiors penetrated by late afternoon light ("Morandi"). Wintermeyer's color photos ("Billboard," "280") find beauty and drama in the contemporary urban industrial landscape seen by night. Measures of Time runs through June 19, 2009, at 500 12th St., Oakland. MuseumCA.org or 510-238-6836


DeWitt Cheng

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