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Laura Letinsky

Guy McIntyre Gallery

“Couple”: the word carries a certain ambivalence. Deriving from the Latin copula, meaning “bond” or “link,” it suggests two items of the same kind, but also the thing that joins the two. It can be both a noun and a verb, and, as noun, can be followed by either a singular or plural verb—my dictionary offers the cloying example “The couple are spending their honeymoon (or is spending its honeymoon).” Physics deploys the word in a surprisingly apposite way: “a pair of forces of equal magnitude acting in parallel but opposite directions.”

Laura Letinsky’s photographs reveal the intimacy and indeterminacy that attends upon being a couple. We see in her pictures the internal forces at work between two people: those that draw them together, those that keep them coupled, and those that may drive them apart. Focusing on youngish, straight couples at home, Letinsky’s pictures attend to the gentle

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