New York

Dorothy Cross


With slight but unnerving displacements, Dorothy Cross transforms the pristine space of the gallery into sometimes erotic, sometimes terrifying environments. Her most recent installation, Inheritance, 1995, began with an isolated X ray of a skull. Nestled in the brainpan, as if in a womb, was an unborn child. This image could be read in two ways: either as a metaphor for the coming generation, whose traits are bound to be as much an imprint of psychological as of physical union; or, on a more macabre note, as signs of new life encased in a symbol of death. This ambiguity set the tone of the installation: the objects Cross displays are closely linked to particular times and places but also portend something of the future.

In the main gallery, a natty tapestry screen buttressed one wall of a small brick enclosure that had been dropped into the middle of the space. An adaptation of the parable

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