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Last night’s Redlight opening at Space 4 Art (325 15th St) showcased four local artists' work in analog black and white photography. Jimothy Hoang, Heather Quinn, Doddy Porter, and Joseph Castillo met in an advanced black and white photography class at San Diego City College, where they shared hours in the red glow of the darkroom, hand-developing film at the school’s new five story Career Technology Building. The facility holds, among other things, three studios, three digital labs, and three black and white darkrooms.

Hoang’s work features models wearing his handmade scrap leather accessories in a series of survival of the sexiest apocalyptic anachronisms. Quinn’s collection looks at the dark side of Slab City, the squatted remnants of Camp Dunlap east of the Salton Sea, lending a stark contrast to common imagery of the iconic, colorful Salvation Mountain. Porter’s series features models coated in silver paint, which lends a solarized dimension to his intimate portraits. Castillo employs what he calls a “No-fi” approach to photography using a Holga or “toy” camera with a fixed lens and single shutter speed, capturing eerie images which relate the vacancy of abandoned architecture and industry.

Future developments include:

Tonight – Czech Puppet Theatre through History

May 21 – Team Elevation Opening

June 4 – The East Village Art Soiree

June 11 –Drawing Expanse

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