Cutting her photographs into pieces, recomposing them into seamless cityscapes and then coloring those in deep faded tones, Janet Satz gives us photographic cubism that compresses our myriad transient views of urban spaces into power-packed impressions. Unlike the more popular surrealist photo-collages, which offer dreamlike visions, Satz’s photo-works are at base realistic, even though their subjects could never appear in our everyday perception. In Satz’s most dynamic image, she creates a force field in which enormous girders buttressing the tracks on which an El train passes through a gray-pink fog tower over and cut into a block of skyscrapers; we are left with the feeling that this is what a metropolis is when we are free enough of care to extend our imagination just enough to put together sights that have impinged on us in less than a minute. (Michael Weinstein)
At Flatfile Galleries 217 N. Carpenter, (312)491-1190.