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Phillip Galgiani

SFAI Walter and McBean Galleries

In “Basic Meaning: A Photographic Work in Four Parts,” Phillip Galgiani investigates the ways in which juxtaposition and context determine meaning. The work is presented in four sections; each section is comprised of ten 30-by-40-inch black and white photographs and demonstrates’a specific conceptual premise or approach to the formation of context. In section one, the ten objects Galgiani works with (a hat, a funnel, a flashlight, and such) are presented in combination: one large photograph of an object is counterpointed against four smaller pictures of the other objects. In section two, each object is presented in a large blowup overlaid with printed phrases loosely pertaining to that object. In part three, Galgiani creates a utilitarian context: an enlarged photograph of a single object is partially obscured by a sequence of smaller pictures showing the object in use. In the fourth and

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