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New Yorker Review: Sarah Anne Johnson at Julie Saul Gallery

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 15, 2013
Updated: Monday, November 18, 2013
Wonderlust

Through December 14


The new work by Canadian photographer Sarah Anne Johnson is full of play and jest but also a surprising truth and grounding. Johnson's photography is hybridized and images of nudes alone or in pairs are worked digitally or altered post-production through scratching, painting, or even the application of gold leaf or glitter. The visual treatment is as various as the figures in intimate actions; some images represent the desire "for romance, ecstasy and emotional connection, while others depict boredom, self doubt and personal disappointment" (Saul press). The imagery always satisfies, and while we grapple with what at first seems a disjointed visual aesthetic it is soon reveals itself as samples of pure reaction to the potency and rawness of the images. Contradiction is what enhances these images too. Beyond the various quality of aesthetic we are also caught between a sense of voyeurism and the knowings of our own personal experiences.

New Yorker Review

For more information on the exhibition, please visit Julie Saul Gallery

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