It seems to be an oxymoron — magical realism, but the images seen in the “Magical Realism in Photography” exhibit at the Houston Center for Photography are clearly both. Interim HCP Exhibitions Coordinator Libbie J. Masterson was the show’s guest curator and she put together a collection of photographs that feature vivid imagery and sometimes bizarre scenes.
Those style elements are clearly seen in There was no possibility of a walk that day by Meghan Boody. The photograph shows a group of girls in a dormitory. The room, though furnished simply, is architecturally grand. Dwarfed by their large-scale surroundings, the girls are dressed in simple frocks. There’s a certain dreamlike quality to the image that borders on the phantasmagoric.
The large-scale trees seen in Beth Moon’s photographs seem to be otherworldly. One has an impossibly fat trunk, with a few gnarled branches sprouting from its top; another has long columns of twisted roots that seem to meld into the ruins of a building.
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There’s an opening reception at 6 p.m. on November 17. Regular viewing hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays. Through January 14. Houston Center for Photography, 1441 West Alabama. For information, call 713‑529-4755 or visit www.hcponline.org. Free.
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: Nov. 17. Continues through Jan. 14, 2011