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Wednesday, Dec 1 2010
Think of a milestone or institution in San Francisco's queer community, and Rink Foto has documented it with his camera. Harvey Milk's inauguration. Dykes on Bikes. The AIDS Memorial Quilt. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Since 1969, Foto — like his name suggests — has been the photojournalist of our so-called “queer mecca.” But he hasn't reserved his lens for the subcultural celebrity. He is ubiquitous at LGBT events including demonstrations, film screenings, fundraisers, and street fairs. Regardless of whether his subjects are instantly recognizable or permanently relegated to obscurity, Foto captures people's emotion, expression, and sense of identity. His work is placed with two other artists in the group exhibit "Rink Foto, Sholeh Asgary, and Kija Lucas." Although remarkably different, their work is connected by the exploration of identity. Asgary uses what she calls "abstracted watercolor" to render portraits of those who express themselves through plastic surgery, in pursuit of the perfect face. The results are not so much graphic as they are conceptual, but her disturbing point is made clear. Lucas, on the other hand, excludes the individual, focusing rather on objects in the most personal of settings -- kitchen, hallway, backyard, bed. The ghosts of daily existence haunt her black-and-white photographs through the visible evidence of invisible people.
Dec. 12-24; Dec. 26-Jan. 20, 2010

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