new-york

Nancy Barton and Michael Glass

American Fine Arts

We all have our pet “bad objects,” whipping posts that we condemn in order to make ourselves feel better. In this show Nancy Barton and Michael Glass explore the complex psychic mechanisms by which these scapegoats are designated, showing how the ego produces a denigrated object in order to maintain a fantasy of unity and coherence. “Bad objects” all serve the same purpose—the consolidation of power for a dominant group; thus racism, misogyny, and homophobia can be understood as different manifestations of this psychic mechanism. By presenting a white woman and a black man figuratively and literally on the same picture plane in their photographs, Barton and Glass and not simply being flatly transgressive. The figures interact as two images that have been degraded in our cultural “imaginary” in different ways but to the same ends.

Quotes from various sources—Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Frantz

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