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Piotr Uklański, Pornalikes (detail), 2002–, one of 103 ink-jet prints on Sintra, overall 8' 1“ x 28' 2 3/8”.

Piotr Uklański

Karma | New York

Piotr Uklański, Pornalikes (detail), 2002–, one of 103 ink-jet prints on Sintra, overall 8' 1“ x 28' 2 3/8”.

Over the past decade, Piotr Uklański has amassed a vast archive of photographs of porn actors who strongly resemble famous contemporary personalities. These Pornalikes, 2002–, are readymades—taken from lowbrow “men’s magazines” such as Loaded and Hustler, and, more recently, websites and blogs. For his solo exhibition at Karma, Uklański assembled a colorful and densely hung pantheon from his vast archive of these images before the unblinking gaze of an enormous stuffed eyeball, whose trailing blood vessels and mucous membranes, crafted from hand-dyed fabrics, recall the ghost of 1970s feminist critique–cum–craft art.

Uklański’s exhibition revived a history of dialogue around the cinematic gaze, celebrity, commodification, sexual identity, and exploitation summed up in Laura Mulvey’s famous 1975 essay “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema,” in which she announces her intention

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