Los Angeles

Don Suggs

L.A. Louver

Entitled “Old Genres (photoworks),” Don Suggs’ recent show included landscapes, still lifes, and nudes covering, with encyclopedic range and ambition, a fair portion of the world’s terrain. In Periscope (Balthusian Garden), 1992, an image of a landscape is repeated twice to recreate the scene as it appears when viewed through a panoramic camera, a juxtaposition that reproduces the effect of looking from the left and then the right. From a distance, the rounded sides, flat tops and bottoms of the image itself take on the appearance of two oversized razor blades. Amid the dense greenery are two running figures, who in their scale and sense of urgency bear a great deal of resemblance to those in the murder scene of Michelangelo Antonioni’s film, Blow-Up (1966). The picture’s stereoscopic vision amplifies the image’s voyeuristic possibilities—assists one in imagining morbid scenarios as the

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