Although this show is dominated by John Yang’s alluring pictorialist gold- and platinum-toned silver prints of the Helderberg Mountains near Albany, New York, its hidden treasures are five toned images from his “Sepulchral Portraits” series of his shots of decaying photographs of people entombed at Mount Zion Cemetery in New York City that were affixed to their graves to memorialize them. In some cases the subjects are entirely effaced and in others their features are still discernible, yet we know that the latter are on their way to inevitable oblivion. More a reflection on life than on death, Yang’s studies subvert the memento mori and turn it into a somber reflection on the transience of all things; in all of his photographic ventures, Yang is a visual poet reworking age-old themes with an intense poignancy that impels us to meditate on the deep structure of the nature of things. (Michael Weinstein)
Through March 15 at Stephen Daiter Gallery, 311 West Superior, (312)787-3350.