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Art review: Suzanne Adelman at Weekend

February 16, 2012 |  6:45 pm

Suzanne Adelman
Suzanne Adelman’s recent work, at Weekend, draws on the malleable nature of digital photography to explore the highly provisional operations of visual perception. The nine photographs on view in this modest but handsomely composed show each depict a common Southern California scene while blurring or blocking out one segment or another to simulate the selective manner in which the brain sorts the information that channels through the eye.

The most appealing are the simplest and more abstract of the works: a blurred gray and white interior wall studded with the square of what looks like a window or a mirror; a larger piece featuring a dark gray blur, completely indecipherable, hammed left and right by slender strips of some predominantly orange and red scene. Others depict a blurred urban or natural landscape interrupted by horizontal registers of clarity, a trick that produces a kind of ripple effect through the image.

The science of visual perception is a rich and virtually bottomless topic, against which this show, "Hide the Evidence," feels like only an initial sketch — but a compelling one.

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-- Holly Myers

Weekend, 4634 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, (213) 514-4433, through Feb. 26. Closed Monday through Friday. www.weekendspace.org

Image: Suzanne Adelman, "Untitled #8," 2011-12. Credit: from the artist and Weekend.

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