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Lisa Holzer, Inducement (2), 2016, ink-jet print on cotton paper, polyurethane on glass, 36 × 28". From the series “Inducement,” 2016.

Lisa Holzer

Hester

Lisa Holzer, Inducement (2), 2016, ink-jet print on cotton paper, polyurethane on glass, 36 × 28". From the series “Inducement,” 2016.

“To be a funny mom was what I wanted above all to be when I became a mom a few years ago. And ‘Be a funny mom’ seemed to be an ideally inept title for this show, my first one in New York. Hey there!” The cheerily self-conscious tone of Lisa Holzer’s statement about her recent exhibition at this small space, squirreled away in a maze of small offices, hews courageously near to the embarrassing; one can imagine her offspring finding it all mortifying in a scant few years, and they wouldn’t be entirely in the wrong. Yet on the evidence of this tight grouping of photographs (with textual and other additions), Holzer has the smarts to convert uncomfortable self-awareness into something much wilder and wittier.

“Be a funny mom” makes reference to Hester’s Chinatown location by picturing, in a series of eight large prints titled “Inducement” (all works 2016), a sequence of pig’s ears,

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