Among young photo-artists today, two conflicting tendencies assert themselves, one of them struggling for an as-yet-inchoate new vision, and the other depicting the exhaustion of the recent past. The three contributors to this show are the executioners of the past that they have inherited. All shooting in color, Elise Rasmussen offers liquid abstractions of frozen seascapes, Carrie Schneider proffers scenario shots of sprawled people and Chelsea Tonelli Knight presents images of derelict spaces littered with detritus. For all three, there is no hint of actual redemption, although—as has become predictable—aesthetic redemption of the ruins is rife. How many more blasted spaces and wrecked individuals do we have to see before we realize that the most sensitive youth are telling us that we need a rebirth of genuine confidence that we have deprived them of the means to give us? (Michael Weinstein)
Chelsea Tonelli Knight, Elise Rasmussen and Carrie Schneider show at ThreeWalls, 119 North Peoria, through December 29.