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View of “Phil Chang,” 2012.

Phil Chang

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View of “Phil Chang,” 2012.

Straightforward depiction simply doesn’t cut it for a photographer like Phil Chang. Not today, not this deep into the digital-imaging revolution unleashed by Google, Instagram, iPhones, and all the other democratizing platforms, apps, and mobile devices that have made photographic representation not only ubiquitous but ever more virtual. The medium, decidedly in protracted flux, has been thrown into crisis and forced to grapple with the new reality of chronic image-exhaustion. How can photography resist the numbness of which it is the very cause? Structurally, Chang might suggest—perhaps even suicidally. For this LA–based artist, a contemporary photographic aesthetic must be as much about what’s not pictured and not visible as about what is, and the work’s critical agency must be constructed through an exploration of process and materiality.

In this show, Chang presented a

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