Contemporary in their dimensions
T+H Gallery, under the stewardship of co-owner and director Ting Liu, gets off to a strongly contemporary start with “Typology Morphology,” a selection of digital media from Alfred University’s Institute for Electronic Arts, including works by bigwigs who have worked there, such as Ann Hamilton, Kiki Smith, and Xu Bing.
Hamilton’s grid of digital prints from the “phora” series, 12 images of faces from medieval altarpiece sculptures shot with a small surveillance camera, covers one wall with close-ups of painted mouths. The whole series comprises 174 images, but even this morsel conveys the spooky shift in scale, and unnervingly highlights the erotic in works made to be sacred.
For his raucous “Cheryl Side A & B,” Oliver Herring photographed a model from all angles, then clipped the photos on a sculpted portrait of her. Here, we have photos of that 3-D work; the whole process shuttles from 2-D to 3-D and back, and the consequential distortions turn the figure into an uncanny idol.