George Krause

Harris Gallery

In the 1960s nonverbal communication was a hot topic of conversation, especially the idea that unconsciously assumed bodily postures reveal subconscious scenarios. To the perceptive onlooker this body language supposedly revealed potent psycho-social messages accompanying, but frequently contradicting, spoken language.

In a joint venture with a young, flexible female, George Krause contorts his body to produce acrobatic equivalents of the letters of the alphabet and then photographs the results. This series entitled “Krause Roman,” 1989, is a continuation of his “I Nudi” studies, but here—tongue in cheek, foot in mouth, and even knee to the groin—we are taught the naked fundamentals of a Body Language. The gross artificiality of the poses is both unnatural in terms of bodily comportment and antithetical to idealizations of the nude in historical art. Bill Brandt, Man Ray and André Kertesz

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