April 10 – 29, 2010
Mina Dresden Gallery
312 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Gallery Hours: Wednesday to Saturday from 3-7 pm
Involving or of the nature of synthesis – combining separate elements to form a coherent whole; produced by synthesis; not of natural origin; not real or genuine; artiﬁcially prepared or made artiﬁcially; imitating something superior.
The circumstances, objects, or conditions by which one is surrounded. a: the complex of physical, chemical, and biotic factors (as climate, soil, and living things) that act upon an organism or an ecological community and ultimately determine its form and survival b: the aggregate of social and cultural conditions that inﬂuence the life of an individual or community
Living day-to-day in this hyperkinetic 21st century world, it’s hard to ﬁnd places that are not synthetic. While the “natural” is a revered and sought-after commodity, very little we encounter is in an unmarked or pristine state.
If our world is synthetic and the environments we encounter are manufactured, artiﬁcial and put together, what does this say about our place in the world? How does living in a world of artiﬁce affect us? What objects do we revere and what artifacts represent us?
The Bay Area Photographers Collective put a challenge to its photographers to examine and explore the worlds of artiﬁce in which we live. The result: ten BAPC members present ten “takes” or visions of their synthetic environments.
Tom De Carlo