Photasmic—A pair of magnifying glasses is tacked to the wall with strings. One can be used to examine David Hoyt's “Yin,” the other his “Yang.” This is thoughtful of Hoyt, because his pair of black and white photos, encased in matching elaborate gilded wood frames, is minuscule. “Yin” depicts a vase of blooming flowers with tiny naked baby dolls floating in the air above the petals, too tiny to even notice without the aid of the glass. “Yang” depicts the same flowers, withered, the baby dolls crashed to the ground around the base of the striped vase.
The Downtown Contemporary Art Center's second annual Contemporary Photo Arts Exhibit is filled with many such surprises. Eighteen New Mexican photographers, from well-known ones like Oscar Lozoya to relative unknowns like Las Cruces high school art teacher Faith Purvey, present a fascinating breadth of work created with a range of photographic techniques. Definitely give this show an hour or two of your precious time. It's hanging through the end of the month. The center is located at 105 Fourth Street SW. 242-1983.