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Katy Grannan

Greenberg Van Doren/Salon 94 Freemans

The striking images comprising Katy Grannan’s latest body of photographs—which find her exploring the foggy shores and nondescript interiors of the Bay Area, where she has lived since 2004—constitute her most fully realized work to date. In the past, Grannan has preferred to cast her net wide and survey multiple individuals, but for her current series, she has trained her lens on three specific subjects. The resultant images were divided into series, with two transgendered friends in fusty dresses, Gail and Dale, represented in the show “Lady into Fox” at Salon 94 Freemans, and shots of a dauntless young woman named Nicole making up “Another Woman Who Died in Her Sleep” at Greenberg Van Doren.

Together, the photographs’ organizing trope is the boilerplate mythology of the American West as a scene of rebirth or a utopia for pariahs. This is a pretty thin conceit (for one thing, the social

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