David Linger’s “Narratives in Porcelain at Meridian Gallery, SF Examiner

 

On the one hand, works in David Linger’s “Narratives in Porcelain” on view at Meridian Gallery evoke a vision of Russia that is straight David Lean — all bare birch trees, troikas, fur hats and snow-swept promenades.The fuzzy black-and-white underglaze prints on translucent porcelain, made from photographs Linger took on a trip to Moscow in 1969, depict the romantic, melancholic vision of the Slavic world embraced in poetry, song and historically whitewashed cinema.On the other hand, Linger manipulates the images, repeating them in varying degrees of sharpness, homing in on an unsuspecting face, stamping the images with Cyrillic letters like in some bureaucratic code (but which is in fact gibberish). (Read more at the San Francisco Examiner:  http://www.sfexaminer.com/entertainment/2011/11/linger-s-romantic-images-have-sinister-undertones#ixzz1cxDRqf00)

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