The Age of the World Picture
Work by Marcus DeSieno
July 1,6-9 p.m. PORTSPACE Gallery, 3007 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport. portspacegallery.com.
When PORTSPACE opened its doors in Gulfport, I rejoiced: A real art gallery! Yay! Nothing wrong with studios — who doesn’t love to watch artists at work? — but a gallery implies a level of sobriety about one’s art, and no one’s ever accused Gulfport of being sober. Critics (of which I’m one) complain the Art Walk has little art, so the Gallery’s arrival on the scene brought some artcred back to the small town. The suck about PORTSPACE, though, is they only open for those slightly-misnamed ArtWalks. The fantastic thing? This Friday is first Friday, so stroll on over and take in Marcus DeSieno’s darkroom-meets-smartphone photography exhibit, The Age of the World Picture. DeSieno hacks into surveillance footage and uses that in his exhibit, and then he uses darkroom processes to print the photos. He also uses a circa-1800s printing process on smartphones. Art? More like deep-fried awesome, drizzled with honey and dusted with powdered sugar.