New York

Collier Schorr

303 Gallery

Collier Schorr’s haunting and nasty debut show expresses the relationship many of us have to its subject, childhood. Schorr’s installation reminds the viewer that childhood is frequently more troubled, and for that reason troublesome to remember, than the never-never land represented in picture books and photo albums suggests. Though forever behind us, it remains a puzzling constellation of memories that animates our adult lives.

On one wall, enlarged color photographs of black and white prints from a photo album (toddlers in backyards or on the beach) are randomly overlaid with line illustrations (Christopher Robin, et al.) as well as with the occasional stray (and elegantly italicized) word: “duty,”“obey.”Arrayed about the other three walls are ghostlike articles of children’s clothing cast in white plaster. These levitating garments, devoid of bodies, hang in chilly suspense, defining

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