Bill Jacobson

The photos in "A Series of Human Decisions" are culled from two periods: the rather stark and lonely black-and-white '70s, where people appear in isolation; and the warmer, more colorful present, where people are entirely absent. The older images are typically outdoors; and some of their subjects seems to be outsiders. Jacobson was in his 20s during that decade, his fresh MFA showing traces of Arbus and Evans. One untitled print shows a figure in a rabbit costume: You can't tell if its some innocent theme-park encounter or a dark precursor to Donnie Darko. These small images are mounted and matted with white borders, emphasizing their formality. The new work is larger and borderless, bleeding from the frame in a more unruly fashion. We see cluttered studio interiors, a jumble of signs in storage, crumpled maps, canvasses turned to the wall, and walls where graffiti has been painted over--ready for the application of more paint, perhaps, or to serve as the backdrop for a portrait whose sitter will never arrive. (Also on view: A handful selection of vintage photos by Imogen Cunningham, Walker Evans, and Aaron Siskind.) BRIAN MILLER

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: Feb. 25. Continues through March 27, 2010

 
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