Surface Tension, one of three series on view in Tabitha Soren’s exhibition at Jackson Fine Art through December 23, features photographs of images taken from news stories or social media, viewed on an iPad and photographed in a way that highlights the fingerprint smudges on the glass. The work, Soren explained in a talk at the Atlanta History Center, is about our futile attempts to connect with those who are encapsulated in pixels. The photographs are printed at a large scale, so that the fingerprints and the pixels of the original images are magnified, and the size serves to amplify the visceral response to seeing the often-invisible grime made visible. There is something panicky and relatable about the smudges, a desperation for closeness that comes through in the oily smears. A similar sense of distress pervades the images in the series Running

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