New York

Jan Groover

Robert Miller Gallery

Whereas Jan Groover’s earlier black and white still lifes captured the reflective surfaces of stainless-steel cooking utensils with an etched clarity reminiscent of constructivist photograms, her recent images, cast in ethereal tones of faded silver and printed on thin translucent tissue paper, seem to be shrouded in a veil of diffused light. The effect is as delicate as a thin coating of ice on a leafless tree.

As in prior photographic projects, the details of individual objects are obscured in favor of their overall form: bottles and tin cans are stripped of their labels, animal jawbones are bleached and stripped of their skin, and, therefore, of their identity. Many items—bottles, a pistol, plaster casts—are painted in tones of chalky white. Set inside the photograph’s faded atmosphere, the still-life objects suggest weathered driftwood, as if they had been bleached by the sun and wind

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