Waltzing around the world with his camera from Cambodia, through Indonesia, to Spain, Canadian photographer Robert Berlin captures sinuous and sensuous female dancers on the fly in daubs of whirling color. Possessed by shapely bodies in motion, Berlin sometimes attenuates his subjects to fleeting flashes of form, and sometimes turns figurative, allowing them to entice us with their sexuality. Either way, Berlin’s images strike a balance between ever-present blur and abundant detail, drawing the eye into the disciplined frenzy and keeping it there to dwell on delineated intricacies. Most effective when he abandons himself to abstraction, Berlin’s study of a dervish-like floral-patterned swirling skirt, transformed into a tempestuous mushroom cloud, shows that he is a partisan of power. Berlin wants his images to occupy a visual space between photography and painting, but they are too photographic for that—he is in the time-honored tradition of simulating movement in a still. (Michael Weinstein)
Through June 1 at Gallery KH, 311 West Superior.