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Chloe Rosser : Function

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With a medusa-like magic, British artist Chloe Rosser’s photographic gaze transforms human flesh into sculpture. Rosser, who takes apage from classical nudes in poise and balance, otherwise departs from idealized form for altogether new, distorted proportions. In her first solo exhibition in the United Sates, on view at Elizabeth Houston Gallery from February 12 to March 28 and then at Paris Photo New York from April1-5, she brings together seven photographs from her most recent body of work. A digital photographer who eschews Photoshop, Rosser captures the uncanny in the ordinary through composition alone. In Function,her images document the muscle tension and corporeal strain of strange performances enacted for the camera. Photographing bodieswhose heads and hands, necks and limbs, are obscured through tricks of contortion and lens angle, Rosser reveals a new take on the most familiar of fleshy terrains. The sculptural nudes she choreographs into still lifes become unrecognizable. Function follows the close interactions of bodily forms that are both intimate and anonymous, vulnerable and impervious. That is the paradox that propels Rosser’s series beyond portraiture. Her models are of...

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