Most artists would agree that painting in order to duplicate what a photograph could do is a betrayal of the medium. But if a camera can depict an object as we can imagine it, or dream of it, then it can probably be called art. This is especially true when Michael Massaia's work, on display through July 28 at the Afterimage Gallery (2800 Routh St., No. 141), creates a noir-esque effect that seems like it belongs in the world of Humphrey Bogart. The images in his exhibit, Deep in a Dream, demonstrate what can still be done in a darkroom sans Photoshop and memory cards, revealing a black and white Central Park lit only by streetlamps and city light. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Call 214-871-9140 or visit afterimagegallery.com.
Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Starts: June 12. Continues through July 28, 2010