San Francisco

Suzanne Hellmuth and Jock Reynolds

SFAI Walter and McBean Galleries

Suzanne Hellmuth’s and Jock Reynolds’ recent exhibition, “A State of the Union: Photographic Juxtapositions,” evidences a multiplicity of unrealized possibilities. Enticed by the 200,000 photographs in the century-old archive of the California Historical Society, the artists began selecting pictures which through visual linkage, juxtaposition, and fragmentation could “address the issues and the nature of human events in this period of expansion and industrialization in California.” Conceived as an installation, the photographs were sequenced in units of two or more, re-photographed, framed, and exhibited in a specially constructed six room viewing space.

The strategy underlying these arrangements varies, from simplistic, thematic pairings like Pets and Wildlife (a girl holding a dog coupled with an elderly man grasping the antlers of a deer) to more mysterious, manipulated sequences such

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