Twenty years from now when our children hear Outkast's "Hey Ya" on the Oldies station on the radio or Pandora or whatever they'll be listening to in the future and have to ask us what "Shake it like a Polaroid picture" means, we'll enjoy a sweet, sad moment of nostalgia as we recall that whirring sound of the instant camera motoring out a print and watching the film's hazy yellow gradually develop into a cherished family photo--or a shot we didn't want the pervs at the photo developer shop (another relic we'll have to explain) to see. But artist Patrick Murphy is more interested in the "happy accidents" that result from faulty and obsolete technology rather than nostalgia, and his Push/Pull: Abstract Polaroid Photographs exhibit highlights the unexpected results of his experimental techniques. Push/Pull hangs through August 6 at the Mercantile Coffee House, 1800 Main St., as part of the McKinney Avenue Contemporary's outreach program. Store hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call the Mercantile at 469-248-3028 or visit the-mac.org for more information.
June 2-Aug. 6, 2011