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Multiple Exposure 

Wednesday, Sep 15 2010
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What can be turned into a camera? A cracker tin? Check. A suitcase? Check. A Volkswagen microbus? Check. Considering that Jo Babcock has used all these items as raw material, a more interesting question about the exhibit “1,000 Cameras” is “What can’t be turned into a camera?” So far, it seems to be a basketball. Babcock has spent the summer creating 1,000 cameras for the exhibit, and he says anything that can keep out light and accommodate a pinhole or lens as well as film or photo paper will work. He likes to use color photo paper instead of film, getting images that turn dark colors into light and make images jump out in unexpected ways. The cameras themselves also shed light on how an artist can use discarded items from consumer culture: Names on the devices include Spam, Band-Aid, and Jolly Time Pop Corn. As for the basketball, Babcock hasn’t given up. Gallery director Ann Jastrab has watched him turn it over and over, wondering how he’ll keep it inflated once he’s added the photographic elements. He welcomes ideas, so he might complete it during the show’s run, if you help him.
Sept. 16-Nov. 5, 2010

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