John Gossage

Petley Jones Gallery

John Gossage’s photo-collages have a decidedly political overtone that comes from their combination of printed matter and photographs. “The Code,” a series of small photographs of Washington, D.C. from 1989 shown at the Tartt Gallery, are collaged next to pages from the Internal Revenue Code. Both are placed on oversized mattes. When Gossage invests photographic “truth” and factual data with symbolic and metaphorical meaning, powerful images result. In one piece, pages from the “Enforcement—Possessions” section of the code are aligned next to a photograph of a dark doorway. Set onto green paper reminiscent of currency, this doorway suggest the behind-the-scenes machinations of special interest groups that influence our tax structure.

The two series exhibited at Jones Troyer Fitzpatrick focus on Berlin and operate in much the same manner as “The Code.” The small photographs used in the “

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