Exhibition: Georgia McInnis: Private Moments
By April Rapier
Private Moments: photographs by Georgia McInnis. The Houston Center for Photography. September 6 –October 10.
Georgia Mclnnis, exhibiting concurrently with Nic Nicosia, disarmed the audience with deceptively descriptive titles, all locates duly noted, interesting points of entry to a group of lovingly rendered Texana treasures. In giving seemingly straightforward, diminutive color photographs deadpan captions, the real became a degree or more surreal — the unremarkable with a twist, small, but most of the time just enough — sufficient to disrupt a passive, bucolic, pictorial rendering.
Some images digress: although an old Plymouth draped with wysteria in bloom is charming enough, the viewer goes through the image in search of that oddity (all taken outdoors, one sees gardens with sinks, floating bicycles, oversized egrets posed on fences, yard charms) which draws Mclnnis to each site, and is left hanging. In these few, signs of another time do not satisfy. All, however, are graced with an empty ghostliness, a benign decrepitude, and evidence of a personal search that may or may not be best served by the camera, but deserves to continue.