New York

Miranda Lichtenstein

Elizabeth Dee Gallery

While several of the photographs in Miranda Lichtenstein’s recent show build on the artist’s interest in painterly still life and the frozen moment, a handful break with this pattern to introduce not just a sense of movement but a system of temporal flux. In the photographic diptych Dream Machine, 2007, the artist sits behind a stroboscope device that in the first image is still and in the second is blurred by motion. And in another diptych, Two Trees, 2007, the image of a tree trunk appears to continue upward from one shot to another hung directly above it, over the gap between frames. Though one’s eye wants the two images to cohere, the work’s title insists on a stutter. The tree trunk in the diptych’s lower half is slender and winding, its delicate, splayed branches dotted with green leaves that catch and filter the yellow light; the upper tree is shot through with stubby, sharp branches

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