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.