Clay Lip­sky: Atomic Over­look: 19 2013, archival pig­ment print

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Photo-eye Book­store and Project Space, 1300-A3 Ru­fina Cir­cle, 505-988-5152 Tak­ing de­clas­si­fied pho­to­graphs from the Los Alamos Na­tional Lab­o­ra­to­ries Pho­to­graphic Ar­chives and col­or­ing them to re­sem­ble the hand-col­ored post­cards pro­duced in the 1950s, photographer Greg Mac Gre­gor re­con­tex­tu­al­izes the haunt­ing im­agery to cre­ate un­set­tling dystopian scenes that evoke our un­easy fas­ci­na­tion with our atomic past. Sim­i­larly, Clay Lip­sky’s Atomic Over­look se­ries, in which he ap­pro­pri­ates archival im­agery of atomic bomb blasts and jux­ta­poses them with im­agery of va­ca­tion­ing cou­ples and in­di­vid­u­als, is a pow­er­ful com­men­tary on the nu­clear legacy and the nor­mal­iz­ing of un­con­scionable acts of war­fare. Atomic Play­ground, an exhibit of both pho­tog­ra­phers’ works, is on view through Oct. 20 with a re­cep­tion for the artists on Fri­day, Sept. 7, at 5 p.m.

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