The photographs in this frankly amazing group show at Snap Space hearken back to a time before Photoshop, when creating visual effects was an art of the eye and the lens, although some of these works do use modern technology to achieve their aims. The Dilatations series by Roger Weiss (above) fragments and reassembles hundreds of photographs of each subject into something monolithic and frighteningly beautiful, abstracting them into hypermodern Venuses. Jörg Heidenberger's images, as shockingly distorted as they are – it's almost difficult to visually reassemble the human body in the portraits – seem to use only perspective to achieve maximum impact. Photos by Marwane Pallas and Nicolas Senegas and paintings by Cristina Troufa are lighter, cheekier, with more humor and decorative aesthetics, while David Catá's embroidered portraits – sewn directly into his skin – offer a grimmer sort of humor, an acknowledgment of the beauty but also pain of love, and the marks and sometimes scars it makes on those who dare to commit.
Opening 7-10 p.m. Friday, June 24 | through Sept. 24 | Snap Space, 1013 E. Colonial Drive | snaporlando.com
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