Works of 10 Puget Sound-area artists at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art range from pinhole-camera landscapes to large-scale Polaroids.
“Women in Photography,” now showing at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, offers a startling range of texture, technique and content by 10 Puget Sound-area artists. The show includes large-scale Polaroids, pinhole-camera landscapes, iPhone captures and classic gelatin silver prints. Photograph-as-document sits side by side with photograph-as-sorcery.
The show’s organizers — BIMA chief curator Greg Robinson, BIMA curatorial associate Amy Sawyer and photographer Linda Wolf — are more interested in exploring the medium’s wide-ranging possibilities than in sticking to a specific theme.
Wolf, who initiated the project, is a Bainbridge-based photographer who co-founded Women in Photography International in 1980 when she lived in Los Angeles. In her co-curator statement, she says the show aims at “advancing and honoring women’s perspectives.” But little about it feels doctrinaire. Instead, there’s a sense of curious minds surging ahead in multiple directions.
‘Women in Photography’
10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Oct. 1, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, 550 Winslow Way E., Bainbridge Island; free (206-842-4451 or www.biartmuseum.org).
Heather Boose Weiss handles the sorcery end of things. Her large-scale black-and-white archival pigment prints play with time lapse and lighting effects in truly abracadabra fashion. In “Saints,” a night sky full of streaky stars looks down on a gathering of luminous beings on a field’s far horizon. The blazing white lights may be car headlamps (they seem to come in pairs), but the effect is utterly eerie. In other images, Weiss teases magic from shadow manipulation (“Goddess”) and uses tricks with light exposure to insert shining presences into crisply shot backdrops (“Mystic Sail,” “The Other Side of a…