Los Angeles

Nancy Burson

Jan Kesner Gallery

Nancy Burson has been investigating techniques for making computer-assisted photographic images for over fifteen years, participating in the development of programs that have enabled her to pursue her work with increasing sophistication, flexibility, and range.

In Burson’s recent show, viewers found themselves transfixed by the unblinking stares of ten large faces. These composite Polaroid Polacolor ER portraits, realized with the aid of the artist’s faithful computer, fuse aspects that might be thought grotesque with other features that could be considered beautiful.

The photographs in this particular exhibition combine parts of faces disfigured by birth defects and other abnormalities with “normal-looking” features. Face after face emerges from the murky backgrounds in a manner recalling the developing process. As the sensitive paper reacts to the cloudy liquid chemistry it is bathed in,

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