Radiance, the current exhibition from photographer and medical physicist Kent Krugh at Iris Bookcafe (1331 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-381-2665) includes several diverse series of photographs. Most interesting are a couple of different projects that use dolls as subjects. Combining light and X-ray processes, a number of Krugh’s pieces show ethereal specters glowing like beacons in darkened spaces
. If not for having the two dolls he worked with on hand as part of the display, these might be recorded sightings of paranormal activity. A related series of small, postcard-sized pieces are on view near the back of the café — probably the nicest art installation I’ve ever seen in a bathroom. Stained with coffee to a rich caramel hue, each small work is a portrait of a different “doll,” a term used loosely here, as religious figurines and other multicultural trappings fill out the grouping. The best part is that some of these works are available at the counter for a mere $7. The exhibition remains on view through June 5.
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