In pursuit of happy accidents

Viewpoint Photographic Art Center

“Site/Sight Unseen 6” by Jane Olin, archival inkjet print, 2013.

“Site/Sight Unseen 6” by Jane Olin, archival inkjet print, 2013.

Where: Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, 2015 J Street; (916) 441-2341;
Second Saturday reception: June 10, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Through July 1.
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.

The pursuit of Zen manifests in Jane Olin’s photographs, thanks to exposure to Buddhist aesthetics on visits to Japan and embracing happy accidents in the creative process.

Olin’s photographs are sometimes overexposed, underexposed or out of focus, and sometimes they look more like charcoal drawings than photographs, such as her series Thirteen Crows. This month, her On the Edge of Chance series is at Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, which stemmed from photographing dried plants against a wall, and the results are abstract, like blades of grass on melted film.

Olin shows with Jerry Berry in the main gallery, and Anna Skacel’s Faces of Ethiopia is in the Step Up Gallery.