San Francisco

Rudy Bender

I seldom review photo shows, but this month the San Francisco Museum of Art mounted a show by Rudy Bender that had some extra appeal which had the weekend crowds congesting the hallway where it was on display. There were rows of stereopticon binoculars lining the walls in the most popular part of the show and the view was of nudes, layers of them, transparently seen through each other, filling up the space. The imagery was so dense that at times a part which one had initially associated with one nude is revealed on closer scrutiny to be a part of another. A nude walks out of herself and moves through three motion patterns on her way through a door; each pattern is very 3-D but at the same time very ethereal. Montaging film is usually very flattening to the pictures that are superimposed, because it is most often done in movies and is usually accomplished by shooting out of focus, rewinding

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