New York

Abby Robinson

A.I.R. Gallery

When I met Abby Robinson, after having seen her work in a group show called “Sights Unseen,” I felt that I already knew her on a personal level. Behind the face that each of us shows to the world we all have a more candid, less flattering vision of ourselves. This is the vision we get when we accidentally catch sight of ourselves in a mirror at a moment that we don’t expect to. It is an image in which our lumpish flesh suddenly represents to us how we really feel, who we really are. Most of us keep this image buried under layers of self-defense. Maybe we can feel it there, the way the princess feels the pea under the mattress. But we are loath to show it to anybody. In “Auto Works,” the work Abby Robinson exhibited, she shows us 140 such images of herself. This series of black-and-white photographs, which she had reproduced on slides for the exhibition, is among the most remarkable and

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