When 1 + 1 = 1


September 18, 1997|By John Dorsey

Photographer Ralph Gibson's diptychs -- two images that constitute one work of art -- are juxtapositions full of mystery and possibility.

Take the one here, for instance: Is the man whose hair and back we see in the right image the person who's pointing the gun in the left one? If so, why is there water in the foreground of one photo and land in the foreground of the other? Is this work about trying to divorce oneself from responsibility for one's acts? And what would the effect of this work be if the photos were reversed, with the gun pointing at the man's back? This is one of the works in "Overtones (Diptychs and Proportions)," a show of Gibson's work at UMBC's Kuhn Library gallery, opening today.

At the Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1000 Hilltop Circle. Noon to 4: 30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays (to 8 p.m. Thursdays), 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 13. For information, call 410-455-2270.

Pub Date: 9/18/97

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