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View of “Fiona Connor,” 2013.

Fiona Connor

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View of “Fiona Connor,” 2013.

“Bare Use,” a solo show at 1301PE by Los Angeles–based artist Fiona Connor, presented uncanny replicas of thirteen charmingly dull, awkwardly nondescript objects—a drinking fountain, a patio umbrella, a linen hamper, among other items—found at the Rancho La Puerta resort in Tecate, Mexico. These deadpan sculptures invoked not only the bare bones of a destination spa but also the bare bodies that might find escape there. A white, mineral-looking residue crept up signposts; a wooden lounge chair sat angled toward the gallery windows; five fresh towels piled on a low table on the first floor and dozens more filling a cabinet upstairs lay ready to dry wet skin. Across the gallery’s tan flooring, one could imagine a stone path lined with lamps, or desert gardens, or bathers sprawled in warm Baja light. But the illusion was only skin deep: Knobs on Object No. 7, Bare Use (

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