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Josephine Meckseper

Elizabeth Dee Gallery

Josephine Meckseper, well attuned to the ways in which consumer products are arranged to concoct desire, creates facsimiles of store displays in which all the elements are present, with the charm—that ineffable whiff of possibility that propels a buyer toward opening his or her wallet—replaced by astringent commentary. In a recent show at Elizabeth Dee, the artist plausibly conjured the auto showrooms around the corner on Eleventh Avenue, with their decor of aggressive male Minimalism (mirrors, black surfaces, lots of chrome) that equates power with clean lines and metal. Meckseper anatomizes this decidedly dated fantasy, which persists in the automotive world, with a political edge.

Most of us know what geopolitical measures are necessary to fuel this particular idiom. It is not, after all, startling news that our unchecked devotion to car culture—to movement, autonomy, and flashy design—is

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