It’s been said that those who do not study the past are destined to relive it, but those who study it sometimes seem to relive it as well. Ray Donley’s paintings atGallery Bienvenu such as NUDE WITH BLACK MASK, right, hint at Carnival in Venice back in some distant, decadent, possibly renaissance time, but their tone also reflects a slyly contemporary perspective. Louviere + Vanessa's FOLIE A DEUX show at A Gallery for Fine Photography mixes a romantic Victorian vision with elements of latter 20th century photography as well as conceptual art. The result is a series of light boxes that suggest what characters in a Jules Verne novel might have imagined the photography of the future would look like. What we see are images formed by rows of Super 8mm filmstrips lit from behind. Each frame of each strip of film contains only a small, unrecognizable bit of the overall image, but seen from a normal viewing distance they all come together in much the way that the tiles in a mosaic come together to form a coherent whole.
Louviere + Vanessa: FOLIE A DEUX
Through Feb. 28
A Gallery For Fine Photography, 241 Chartres St., 568-1313; www.agallery.com