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Erica Eyres at Celine – Artforum Worldwide

Erica Eyres at Celine – Artforum Worldwide

Erica Eyres at Celine - Artforum International

The ladies posing within the work in Erica Eyres’s exhibition “One other Soiled Room” meet my gaze with a glazed look of their very own. Most seem in some stage of undress in a home setting, mendacity provocatively on a velvet couch or sprawled throughout a mattress. The pictures, gleaned from Nineteen Eighties-era pornography, are deftly rendered in oils. Three intimately cropped smaller works have the texture of an novice peep present, whereas the bigger items exude a extra glamorous, airbrushed attraction. The fashions all share sure generic options––white pores and skin, purple lipstick, painted nails, pretend tits––however the title of every work is a lady’s first title. This mimics a format widespread to British tabloids’ now-defunct “Web page 3,” on which nude photographs have been accompanied by a number of strains of mundane details about the mannequin, each to individuate them and to make them accessible to the “readership.”

The male fantasy of those pinuplike work is undercut by Soiled Dishes with Deflated Lady, 2022, a darkly humorous set of stoneware and resin items that depicts, with disarming realism, a scene of comically bleak desperation: open tins of meals (the bachelor’s weight loss plan of baked beans, spaghetti hoops, and peas), stained mugs, and full ashtrays, all organized across the ceramic effigy of a collapsed intercourse doll, which shares the artificial attributes and glassy stare of the fashions within the work. The set up encourages a sort of public voyeurism in a method akin to that of Duchamp’s unsettling diorama Étant Donnés, 1968. And whereas the tableau could border on slapstick, the viewing expertise stays faintly embarrassing, tinged as it’s with the unshakable worry of being seen trying too onerous or for too lengthy.

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