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Laura Howe

Burnett Miller Gallery

Laura Howe works to take women out of the footnotes of Western history and insert them into its normally exclusionary texts. Isolating photographs of vaguely remembered female faces and deteriorating the images through excessive photocopying, Howe stacks and overlaps these indexes within steel contraptions that resemble a cross between designer office furniture and post-Minimalist sculpture.

Chronocology, 1992, the most elaborate piece in this compact but powerful exhibition of works, questions the linear narratives of Western history (“chronology”) through the interrogatory image of the specifically female (“gynecology”). Setting the tone for the other three works in the show, which all skillfully integrate conceptual and tactile concerns, Chronocology is a kind of steel “tree” with a number of horizontal branches, each of which supports a small round appendage holding the image of a famous

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