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Elizabeth Peyton

Regen Projects

The languorous poses, the specific clothes and hairdos, the rooms, vague surroundings, and landscapes (sometimes imagined) they appear in, the friends they conspire with—there are no meaningless details concerning the lives of the rockers Elizabeth Peyton’s art chronicles, although it would be difficult to articulate what the meaning is (her project is an attempt again and again at such articulation). They’re not just any rockers: lanky and sinuous, their sex appeal comes in part from the more-than-likely unconscious or drug-enhanced blurring of the edges of their ill-fitting masculinity, slipped on as if a garment they have yet to grow into. The sounds they make are sometimes tuneful; at other times they thrash aggressively against anything their bodies fail to make certain. They often look so tired and angelically strung-out because their bodies fail to make certain a lot of things.

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