New York

Eve Sonneman

Castelli Graphics

In her recent photographs Eve Sonneman has abandoned her trademark format. While the earlier works were arranged in sequential pairs, each image showing a different but near-identical view, these are large (20-by-24-inch) single Cibachrome prints. Their subjects are somewhat equivocal situations mingling mundane and marvelous, beautiful and bizarre. In one, fleshy bathers occupy the foreground beach while a distant roller coaster has been set aflame (the photograph was shot at Coney Island). In another, black-skinned dancers with shimmering costumes in strident hues parade through a city street (this one was taken in Brooklyn). A third shows two smiling children posed in a suburban setting, their flesh and clothes, like the house and car behind them, soaked in a lurid, mauve-toned light. A rainbow illuminates the sky, adding a strangely ominous note. And underneath each image, inscribed

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