Myanmar, which is notorious for its tyrannical political regime and its recent devastation by a disastrous typhoon, never looked so placidly Buddhistic as it does in Robert Berlin’s color photographs, printed on plexiglass to enhance their saturation and refine their gradation of tones. His triptych of people, caught from behind, walking down streets in the rain, and his diptych of Buddhist monks taking a bite to eat and lounging over a balustrade taking in the woods belie any thought that we are not in Shangri-la. The myth cuts even deeper in Berlin’s shots of solitary people taken at a distance walking a lonely road sculpted out of forested mountains or bicycling along an esplanade past a blasted billboard and roosting little birds as ethereal mountains loom across the channel. Would that this was Myanmar. (Michael Weinstein)
At Gallery KH 311 W. Superior, (312)642-0202. Through Aug 31.