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Sandy Skoglund

Damon Brandt / Lorence Monk Gallery

Sandy Skoglund has consistently explored the relationship between reality and appearance. In the photograph Radioactive Cats, 1980, she conflated sculpture (green cats), painting (a fake tenement interior was painted gray), stage design (everything in the environment was picked, colored, and placed), and photography (documentary evidence of a staged environment). The work creates a tension between the actual (the photographer’s ability to record and document) and the invented (dozens of lime-green cats prowling through a kitchen in which an old woman opens a refrigerator while an old man sits at the table). Skoglund’s formal inventiveness, her use of color to articulate and accent space and surface (room and photograph), increased that tension by emphasizing the relationship between the artificial and natural on yet another level.

In the process of becoming known for her staged photographs,

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