“Economics and fine-art photography are not the most obvious partners,” writes critic Louis Jacobson in his review of the group photography exhibit “Economies of Scale,” which runs through Dec. 23 at Hemphill Fine Arts. But, he writes, the show is surprisingly philosophical, muscling more than two dozen highly diverse images on two unexpectedly complementary topics—the question of scale in economics and the question of scale in photography. Jacobson writes:
Sometimes the images speak for themselves. It’s hard to miss the point of Frank Hallam Day’s massive diptych of an even more massive Dora the Explorer parade balloon—specifically, the sense of commercialism run amok at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. (Day’s more modest-sized image of a Buzz Lightyear balloon also wins a spot in the exhibit.) The message of Day’s works is echoed in Carl de Keyzer’s 1994 image of a Hungarian amusement park in which water towers have been painted to resemble cans of Coke—which one could label the ultimate global “economy of scale” product.
Read the full review here.