It takes a moment for Tressa Pack's four large, spare prints at Interface Gallery to register as photographs, and even then it's hard to accept them as such. Consisting primarily of white expanse with the faintest outline of a landscape and the occasional, distant human figure, they rather read as minimalist paintings or delicate graphite sketches. In fact, the series, called Wanderers in a Sea of Fog, depicts the extremely socked-in landscape of San Francisco's Ocean Beach. To achieve her effect, Pack uses black-and-white film and adjusts exposure times to lighten the images, then scans them into digital form and prints them using inkjet to soften the images further. The result amplifies the effect of the fog to the point of near unintelligibility -- an utterly entrancing form of play at the limits of photographic technology. This is one way of courting the sublime. Wanderers in a Sea of Fog runs through June 1 at Interface Gallery (486 49th St., Oakland). InterfaceArtGallery.comfree
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