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Suzannah Sinclair

Samson Projects

Suzannah Sinclair’s wistful watercolor-and-pencil renderings of the female nude are positioned within a discourse on the construction of desire in a culture organized around the power of the male gaze. Her source material insists on this particular framework: She uses images taken from men’s magazines and advertisements dating from the early 1970s, the very era in which feminist critiques of the regime of masculine visual pleasure began to take hold. Seductively sprawled on beds, sofas, and rugs or suggestively propped in lush natural landscapes, Sinclair’s sirens assume the familiar poses, props, and color palette of the vintage erotic object. At her recent Samson Projects show, the particular referentiality of these mise-en-scènes was sustained within the gallery itself: The artist installed a selection of furnishings and ornaments evocative of the period, which seem to have migrated

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