New York

Harry Bowers

Hansen Fuller Goldeen

Harry Bowers’ recent color photographs are composite fabrications, layers of apparel, cut-out constructions, paper mannequins, and black-and-white portraits (with spray paint) presented in a 40 inch by 50 inch format. In contrast to his earlier works—sequential, life-sized articles of clothing arranged in an autobiographical/anthropomorphic format—these photographs are diverse in subject matter and more varied in appearance.

Bowers has always reflected a painterly disposition, displaying lush, sensual hues. In the current works he layers materials, creating a trompe l’oeil effect in which clothing is seen through cut outs and contorted, copulating mannequins (in the image of the artist and his wife) float against fabric backgrounds or are posited in front of photographic portraits. If his earlier pieces looked like pages from Vogue, the recent pictures suggest a New Wave sensibility,

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