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Susan Eder

Siegel Contemporary Art and Marian Goodman Gallery

In many of her earlier photographic works Susan Eder plays one system of meaning off against another. This tactic has been familiar in art since Duchamp’s Ready-mades, in which the formal qualities of common objects are ironically contrasted with their mundane functions. Eder’s pieces too are humorous and heady.

In this earlier work Eder treats natural phenomena—clouds, leaves—according to various systems of analysis and ordering. In each piece in her “Ghost Images” series of 1976–79, for example, she juxtaposes two postage-stamp-size color photographs, one of an animal, bird, or fish, and the other of a cloud having exactly the same shape.

In Domino Game #2, 1980, she strings together 27 small color prints of parti-colored fall leaves, matching them end to end by color; yellow to yellow, red to red. Clouds Zero through Nine and Cloud Alphabet, both 1978, present photographs of clouds shaped

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