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Lisbeth Neergaard Kohloff, exhibition director of the Colorado Photographic Arts Center, says she selected the three photographers in the group show Retro Truth because all are working with memories, with the past. The title says it all retro.

The first featured photographer is New Yorker Carol Golemboski. In toned gelatin silver prints such as Untitled: (above), Golemboski conjures up a lost Victorian world by using period props and adorning her pieces with scratches suggesting great age. New Mexico photographer Colin Blakely creates photomontages in which he uses a computer to lay images on top of one another. The results are printed in large-format Fujichrome prints; in each, a main photo, typically a kitsch interior or exterior, is adorned with maps, photos and half-tones of things like mountains and clouds. The last artist is Colorado’s own Cory Armantrout, a recent graduate of the University of Colorado at Denver. Armantrout’s pieces are photo-based collages in which photocopies, cardboard and shards of glass are also used.

Retro Truth is a mixed bag, but one of its strengths is that each photographer’s work can be viewed in some depth -- at least until the show comes down on Saturday.

 
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