Using a filter to give an impressionist feel to her rich and subtly toned color photographs of the streets of the old urbs of India, Susan Aurinko has grafted her eye to Indian culture, depicting it through her empathy with its own sensibilities. Aurinko’s strategy is to distance us just enough from her subjects to let us contemplate the endless cycle of appearances that Hindus call the “veil of Maya,” which plays on the surface of perception and obscures the unity of being. A practiced and powerful wall photographer, Aurinko offers two muted yet lush prints of walls covered with decaying posters that dissolve into abstractions, with the exception of Coca-Cola signage that is overwhelmed by a plethora of faded local pitches. Even the multi-nationals cannot escape the inexorable cycle of existence. (Michael Weinstein)
Through August 30 at Th!nkart, 1530 N. Paulina, (773)252-2294.