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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