PRINT May 1990


JOYCE KOZLOFF HAS BEEN spending a lot of time in train stations, subways, and airports these past ten years.1 As Freud warned us, travel—particularly in trains—is fraught with erotic peril. All that motion, all that fantastic reshuffling of space and time, all that hurrying to meet, all those possible delays and missed connections, all that purposefulness, all that anxiety about potential accidents. Like sex, travel is a barrage of “what ifs” and “if onlys.” For two years in her off-hours Kozloff indulged in and elaborated on her “what ifs” and “if onlys”: the breath-stopping series “Patterns of Desire” is the result. Raiding multiple traditions of Eastern and Western art history—high art, kitsch, pornography, decorative arts, textile design, architectural plans—Kozloff’s paintings purposefully reshuffle time and space and reassess the fantastic pleasures and oppressive powers of the erotic

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