San Francisco

Harry Bowers

Hansen Fuller Gallery

Harry Bowers’ photographs manifest the ambience and premeditated naiveté of much northern California art. Two years ago—in his first solo exhibition—he showed his “Summer Icons” series, dye transfer images that used lush, expressionistic color to describe the languidly sensual beach culture. His most recent works are monumental, 30-by-40-inch type C photographs that combine decorative aura with autobiographical sensibility.

Bowers’ pictures are tableaus of clothes—silk pajamas, print dresses, and velvet coats which anthropomorphize into a pas de deux featuring himself and his wife, Jane. The clothing has been placed under glass and photographed with a view camera for maximum detail of textures, patterns and luminescence. Bowers maximizes the inherent realism of photography through both scale and color, and subsequently expands photographic formalism into a new realm of sophisticated

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