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Sue Coe

Galerie St. Etienne

In the 60 drawings comprising “Porkopolis,” Sue Coe, who in the past has created works dealing with politically charged subjects from the Ku Klux Klan to rape, turns her considerable energies as researcher and graphic artist to this country’s meat industry. Coe intends the project to update The Jungle, Upton Sinclair’s 1906 literary account of the same subject. Though Coe focuses on the animals rather than the factory workers as victims, her images argue that things have only gotten worse for both.

The black and white watercolor-and-graphite images, many done from life (Coe visited farms and meat packing plants), are softer and more realistic than her previous works. However, they still exploit such expressionistic devices as sharply angled perspectives and extreme chiaroscuro, and the haggard faces of some of the workers recall German expressionist woodcuts. As a group, the drawings take

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