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Dana Hoey, Bodies in Space, 2011, ink-jet print, 30 x 45".

Dana Hoey

Petzel Gallery | West 18th Street

Dana Hoey, Bodies in Space, 2011, ink-jet print, 30 x 45".

The title and content of Dana Hoey’s latest series of photographs riffs on classic works of French feminist theory—Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex (1949) and Luce Irigaray’s This Sex Which Is Not One (1977)—while ushering in a contemporary take on representations of women’s rights and “femininity.” Named “The Phantom Sex,” 2010–13, the series portrays the female form in traces, all phantasmagoric: a “death mask” of actress Sean Young; a concrete cast of the artist’s face that resembles an antique statue; and a silicone cast of a friend’s torso, white and opaque like a (bizarre) ice sculpture. In sum, the show had an aura of the postapocalyptic, the day way after tomorrow. If Hoey’s 2008 series “Experiments in Primitive Living” seemed to portray life on earth after some mass destruction, her new works insinuate an even more distant beyond, a post-corporeal era in

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