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Jeanne Dunning

Roy Boyd

Jeanne Dunning’s glossy Cibachrome prints, either laminated or mounted on Plexiglas (all works 1990), are as seductive as just-licked lips. Slick facades are very much in keeping with the slippery agenda of this Chicago-based artist. Dunning manipulates viewer assumptions, using them as a springboard from which to launch investigations into a complex of interrelated questions and themes, including: the nature of portraiture; the mechanisms of photographic imagining; the portrayal of gender; the sexual allure of hair and hairiness; the relative determination of beauty, deformity; and what’s considered pretty, revealing, erotic, repellent, or natural.

Untitled With Tongue, the first of several works in which a woman is made to look simultaneously unremarkable and freakishly funny, is a head shot of an expressionless young woman with what looks like an oversized plastic tongue hanging out of

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