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Bischoff Soren Black 

When: Aug. 25-Oct. 15 2011

Three artists subvert naturalistic representation via photo/video manipulation. Brice Bishchoff's photographs of the Bronson Caves in Griffith Park, the set for western classics (The Searchers) and sci-fi bombs (Robot Monster), depict prismatically colored blurs -- not ectoplasm, but the long-exposure residue of "a mass of crumbled colored paper draped awkwardly over a man moving/dancing to a camera positioned on a tripod." Also shown are photos of those tattered, dematerialized papers, mounted on sculpture bases and photographed as if rotating (Remainder series), or set afire (Residue series). Tabitha Soren'sPanicBeach pigment prints at first glance register as clawless studies of breaking surf, but look, on closer inspection, increasingly strange; their odd mystery survives analysis, incidentally. Ellen Black's digitally altered seashore videos play on monitors surrounded by white polygonal frames suggesting collapsed boxes -- fitting cartons (in the long view) for artificial paradises. Bischoff Soren Black runs through Oct. 15 at Johansson Projects (2300 Telegraph Ave., Oakland). 510-444-9140 or

— DeWitt Cheng


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