Rocky Mountain Digital Arts Center

Denver, 01 june - 15 august 2001
Digital, and fanciful

Though at first they might seem quite different than the work of Schorr and Goldstein, a group of 15 digitally produced images by Italian photographer Alessandro Bavari offers its own brand of socio-political critique, however indirect it might be. These sumptuous, intricately constructed black-and-white photographs are featured at the newly opened Rocky Mountain Digital Arts Center in an exhibition evocatively titled "Sodom and Gomorrah, a Reportage from the Lost Cities." Employing an aesthetic that combines elements of past and present painters Hieronymus Bosch and Odd Nerdrum and photographer Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Alessandro constructs a fanciful world that manages to be both alluring and forbidding, both medieval and futuristic. Like much of German expressionist art, hints of moral decay run through this work. But nothing is ever explicit and none of these images could really said to be offensive, perhaps because of their innate elegance and refined sensibility. The provocative-sounding "Portrait of Nymphomaniacs in the Depths of Gomorrah" is mildly confrontational but hardly outrageous. It depicts a group of women in leopard-skin suits at a party, including one leering at the viewer and another sticking out her tongue.

By Kyle MacMillan

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