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Scott Polach, Reconstruction #051913 (2013), Archival pigment print, 24" x 34"  ©2013 Scott Polach

Hiding in Plain Sight presents eight San Diego artists using photography to explore this 175-year-old art form. Each of the works on view employs a distinct approach to the medium, embracing and subverting light-sensitive materials while suggesting new ways of working with photography.

The artists included in this exhibition use techniques of collage, photographic sequencing, time, and persistence of vision to share their unique visual language with us. They invite viewers to re-consider familiar places, construct stories, and celebrate the ordinary moments that surround us every day. In the process each artist offers a window into how the medium has been shaped into its present form, while adding a dynamic voice to San Diego’s cultural landscape.

In the 21st century, the evolution of technology has brought about a sea change in photography. New tools have inspired innovation, diverse media has expanded the visual vocabulary, and disappearing materials have ushered renewed consideration of traditional photographic processes. Through this shifting tide of creative output, we bear witness to a growing range of artistic production, reinterpreting how photography can be used to transmit information and foster creative expression.

Hiding in Plain Sight encourages us to witness the evolving state of contemporary photography. These photographers suggest that the art form—once thought to represent reality with objectivity—is a wide-open and innovative currency poised at the dawn of a new era.

Curated by scott b. davis, featured artist include Andy Cross, Amanda Dahlgren, Judith Fox, John Brinton Hogan, Michael Mulno, Han Nguyen, Scott Polach, and Rebecca Webb. The exhibition is made possible through a collaboration between the San Diego Public Library and the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.



Currently on View

SEPTEMBER 6, 2014 –

JANUARY 12, 2015



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Tuesday 12-5 PM
Wednesday  12-5 PM
Thursday 2-7 PM
Friday 12-5 PM
Saturday 12-2 PM
Sunday    2-4 PM

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