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Review: Michael Parker/David Weinberg Gallery

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"Water Castle, Valparaiso, Chile"

"Water Castle, Valparaiso, Chile"


If you need your vision lifted in an orgy of magnificent architectural gestures, then Michael Parker will fill the bill with his black-and-white shots of soaring edifices, from inside and out, that would dwarf us were they not presented in the most accessible medium-format ultra-lucid prints. By shooting majestic skyscrapers, monumental public art, ornate ceilings and geyser-like fountains—always forcing our eyes to be raised—and then downsizing them in the prints, Parker allows us to play with the sublime and reduce it to the beautiful, yet still powerful, twists and turns and details. Only once does Parker break with his program; in his misty yet clearly delineated study, “Water Castle, Valparaiso, Chile,” he  gives us an inviting view of the fairy-tale structure that exudes pictorialist beauty and shows us where we must suspect that his heart lies. (Michael Weinstein)

Through February 20 at David Weinberg Gallery, 300 W. Superior

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