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View of “Hilary Lloyd,” 2011. Foreground: Shirt, 2011. Background: Moon, 2011.

Hilary Lloyd

Artists Space Exhibitions

View of “Hilary Lloyd,” 2011. Foreground: Shirt, 2011. Background: Moon, 2011.

Thighs, 2011, by Hilary Lloyd, appeared to have legs, as did nearly all of the works in her exhibition at Artists Space last summer. Pairs of slender silver poles, set close together and running from floor to ceiling, supported monitors, giving the works a somewhat humanoid presence and stature. In Thighs, the effect is particularly pronounced: The two poles are formally echoed in actual thighs shown in close-up on a split-screen monitor set near to the ground; the limbs are mostly still but occasionally slip apart, revealing sunlight streaming between them. And there is another echo as well, abetted by the viewer’s orientation, looking south from the SoHo gallery to the place where a pair of towers used to stand.

This echo, however deliberate, introduces a somber note to Lloyd’s conflation of body, architecture, and artwork, a motif she examines from various angles. Sometimes,

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