San Francisco

Catherine Wagner

Simon Lowinsky Gallery

Working in deserted industrial districts and suburban construction sites, Catherine Wagner photographs evocative but anonymous subject matter. Distinct from Lewis Baltz, who initially popularized this genre by translating industrial parks into photographic Minimalism, Wagner does not confine herself to either one specific subject or approach. Instead, she displays a photographic eclecticism which fuses mundane imagery with a variety of stylistic concerns more commonly associated with painting.

By using light in a descriptively illusionistic fashion, Wagner transforms banal content into ethereal imagery. Aluminum prefabricated housing emanates a strange luminescence, shimmering in the sun like an extraterrestrial vision. In a Hopperesque composition of telephone pole, sidewalk and building facade, the light renders the objects artificial—the pole emerges as a two-dimensional shape and the

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