San Francisco

John Chiara

Eleanor Harwood Gallery

Environmental concerns have had an undeniable impact on art about landscape, while digital technologies have similarly affected the dialogue around photography, breathing new life into hoary questions regarding the presumptive authenticity of the photographic image. John Chiara’s highly crafted, unique Cibachrome prints address these topical concerns through intensely analog actions producing images of vaporous, sometimes acid-tinged apocalyptic beauty. Chiara’s photographic process involves elements of both large-scale sculpture and endurance-style performance art. The artist builds clunky, toolshed-size cameras, which he lugs to unlikely vistas on a flatbed trailer; over the course of lengthy exposure times, he manipulates the ways in which light streams through the shutter, using his hands to cast shadows onto the Cibachrome paper (no film is used). Then he processes the print in a

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