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Tales of the City 

Wednesday, Oct 10 2007
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Populated with little narratives that are heavy with symbolism, Rocky McCorkle's large, hyperreal photographs hint at film stills and glossy ad pages. His solo exhibit "You And Me on a Sunny Day" continues his series of pictures depicting the life of an elderly couple. One shot, set in a San Francisco apartment lobby, features a group of people engaged in myriad small actions — two people emerge from an elevator, a figure wheels a bike out of the frame, a young man changes his shoes, an expectant old woman stands on the stairs before a similarly expectant dog. Outside, barely visible through a window, the blazing sun screams over the Presidio hills next to the Golden Gate. It could be a scene from a film — or a slick advertisement for any number of products that are placed just so. Another picture is shot from the inside of an apartment looking out a window. The foreground and background get equal billing, from the breakfast and bric-a-brac on the sill to the man smoking on the fire escape to the tall apartment buildings that rise like sentries above Russian Hill. It's a mysterious image, part Hitchcock and part 1950s Winston ad.
Oct. 6-27, 2007

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