New York

Hank Stromberg

Foto Gallery

Trying to pinpoint when it is that a gimmick takes over. Hank Stromberg’s earlier photographic work includes such iconoclastic gestures as leaving a trail of photographic cockroaches behind on a tour of the White House or posting Mr. Subways contest announcements on the trains, much to the MTA’s consternation. In his current show the gesture is subdued. A View of My Grandmother’s Place. Cutout black-and-white photos of the objects which adorn the walls of a home cluster on the gallery walls. The pots and pans, the worn utensils of a kitchen, a housecoat, an apron, an old-fashioned radio. One loses a sense of perspective scale as the items are separated from their environment; rearrayed, flat, isolated, against another wall. The back of a skillet becomes hand-size, as small as a nearby mug. A game in which one plays the photo against reality? A similar pun to Stromberg’s insertion of trompe

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