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Guns, Drones, and Needlepoint: Exhibitions by Trevor Paglen and Basset and Crites

Three artists at two side-by-side galleries on Geary Street deal in guns, pretty colors, and covert military operations. 

Honing in on the darker side of defense, Trevor Paglen photographs otherworldly skyscapes scarred by military and CIA drones used for covert operations in Pakistan and Yemen. At first glance, they could be shooting stars or city lights seen through a rain smeared window - until you read the plaque and realize it’s actually a spacecraft in perpetual geosynchronous orbit. He also uses his talented trigger finger to snap haunting landscapes like the Anasazi Cliff Dwellings.

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