Edmund Wyss

Thursday, June 03, 2010, 5:30 p.m.

Artists Gallery at Fort Mason

It could be argued that few inventions have had as much influence on our culture as the camera. Bay Area painter Edmund Wyss explores this modern tool in a series of exquisitely rendered paintings. As Wyss describes it, "From the perspective of practical image-making, painting has become increasingly difficult to reconcile in the digital age." Wyss is not simply revisiting the question of whether painting has been supplanted by another technique. Rather, he marvels at the universal desire to represent experience and sees the camera as, "a symbol for society's self-image… and the means to memorialize ourselves."