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Alison Elizabeth Taylor

James Cohan Gallery | Chelsea

As images, Alison Elizabeth Taylor’s works tell oblique, partial stories of the American Southwest, which they cast as a place where an only ambiguously friendly terrain and local community meet cool young homesteaders who live geodesically, swim and bicycle, and keep peacocks as pets. In Wonder Valley, 2007–2008, a guy in shades and a pickup watches from the other side of a barbed-wire fence as two women chat on the steps of their ecologically fashionable domed home. If there is menace here it is implicit and external, but danger is elsewhere immediate, as when perhaps one of the same women, at perhaps the same house, must give CPR to a man who has fallen, stricken, to the ground. Was it the heat? Others calmly watch. The original designer of the geodesic dome, of course, was Buckminster Fuller, and the title of this work from 2008, Fucminster Buller, suggests a response to the man and

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