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reviews Katy Grannan
Gail and Dale (Best
Friends), Point Lobos,
2006, 102 x 127 cm.
Courtesy the artist and
Salon 94, new york
KAty GrAnnAn
Salon 94 Freem anS, new yorK / GreenberG Van Doren, new yorK
10 January – 23 February / 9 January – 16 February
There are occasions in Katy Grannan’s two new spooked and stagy series of in Her Sleep, at Greenberg Van Doren, is the best of the two shown in
portraits – part of a three-pronged project, The Westerns, whose third part New York), and she arches her back and hoists her head as if electrically
showed at San Francisco’s Fraenkel Gallery through 9 February – when it shocked; in (Afternoon II), Lombard Street (2006) she recoils on a bed like
seems as if the earth is shaking. Perhaps it is: the pictures were shot around a startled cat.
the fault-line city of San Francisco, where Grannan has been based since Grannan’s subjects are wired with special urges that will likely
leaving New York in 2005, and landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge remain foreign to most of us; and yet, paradoxically, they seem to yearn
appear occasionally amidst the sunny and windswept landscapes that form only to be normal: in the disarmingly intimate portrait Nicole and Star, St.
many of the backdrops. Of course, the real shaking is socio-sexual, for her Luke’s (2007), Nicole clutches a baby, looking stunned with craving for
protagonists are three transsexuals, and her direction of them leaves the motherhood; in Gail and Dale (Best Friends), Point Lobos (2006), the other
impression that they have slipped right out to the margins. Nevertheless, duo, who figure in the series Lady into Fox, at Salon 94 Freemans, are got
the tarmac does cant at a steep pitch in Crissy Field Parking Lot (2006), up like a pair of antique secretaries; and in Gail, Pacifica (IV) (Gail and Dale)
threatening to slide Nicole out of shot; in Fort Funston (II) (2006) the same (2007), Gail looks like a bride’s mother on the wedding day, the poor dear’s
model appears to have just tumbled down a slope of gunmetal sands; and hair messed up just before the photos. Of course, these women probably
in Potrero Hill (2006) her back rests so awkwardly on a rock that she looks aren’t living happily humdrum lives in the burbs: all the cheap underwear,
to be levitating painfully in a field of yellow blossom. the cheap interiors, the contents of Nicole’s handbag spilling out on the
Grannan established her reputation very recently with an expressive beach in another picture – condoms, cigarettes – suggest their reality is
approach to portraiture, and one can see what has drawn her to transsexuals: more marginal. Maybe that is to patronise and insult them – and it’s true
they can almost seem enchanted, possessing a magic that eludes the that one thing these girls love is a mask – but one can at least be sure that
pieties of conventional sexual politics. Grannan occasionally overplays these pictures are important, honest and authentic. Morgan Falconer
this, leaving her subjects looking profoundly freakish, but more often, she
very accurately maps the crossing vectors of sex and society. In Sunnydale
Avenue (I) (2006) Nicole stars once again (she is the finest performer in
Grannan’s cast, and the series devoted to her, Another Woman Who Died
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