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Review: Simen Johan at Yossi Milo

Posted By Administration, Saturday, September 19, 2009
Updated: Monday, January 13, 2014

Johan works the fertile ground between reality and illusion in big color photographs of animals and one spooky, fogbound weeping willow.

At nearly six feet by eight feet, the largest of these pictures rival natural-history dioramas, but very little is natural about this menagerie. A deer in a snowy forest is uncannily white; malevolent snakes curl around sticks and one another in a sunny ravine, like fugitives from Dante's Inferno. Johan undermines even his most convincing fictions, and the nagging sense that something is wrong here keeps viewers just where he wants us: on edge.

Read the complete review in The New Yorker.

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