FEBRUARY 26 - APRIL 4, 2009
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Doug Hall's exhibit, In Retrospect, displays images that he describes as "having a direct relationship to language and, as the title implies, were selected from earlier works". Works from different series featuring newspapers, television, magazine clips, his own shooting excursions or fabrications, graphically describe this relationship. Terminal Landscape iterates Hall's response to our massive bombardment by media images which he feels we, in turn, appropriate for our own use in our imaginations, personal narratives and fantasies. Non-Places feature black and white photographs, sometimes accompanied by separate images of text, of architectural spaces - corridors, transitional zones, transit pathways - that we traverse unconsciously but which Hall feels impact our psyches nonetheless. In Photographs of Books, a 2001 series of manipulated images, Hall says, "The idea was to photograph books opened to passages that were particularly meaningful to me and situate them in, or juxtaposed to, scenes that reflected my associations with them."
Hall studied and holds degrees from the Rinehart School of Sculpture of the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and Harvard University. His work was recently included in California Video, an exhibition highlighting the span of the video medium in California over the past 50 years, held at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA. His work has been collected by many museums including Centre George Pompidou, Paris, France, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Vienna, Austria, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.