Saturday, April 15, 2017

Deana Lawson at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis


And not necessarily treating her subjects kindly, the best light remains Lawson's, the photographic adeptness bending subjects to her. There's plenty of content to be unpacked, the inference: the long legs of prey draped over the predatory face, couch covers torn and exits obstructed. A couch cushion rotated so many times as to expose the seams. Exposing the seams. These are what photographs live for, the construction of a subject, here a person. At least these curtains seem properly adhered. Does this reflect the woman in the photograph or the photographer, a question we answered long ago, but none really take it as such, our inference already passed a judgement. And the photographs are indelible.

See too: Barbara Probst at Monica De Cardenas