Local luminaries

By GREG COOK  |  March 5, 2014

The permutations of duck hunting blinds are the subject of Jonathan Sharlin’s new black-and-white photos. The makeshift hides are all built for hunters to lay in wait for waterfowl, but each has its own design — tar paper shack with gun ports, lean-to covered with reeds in a marsh, shack on stilts in a wood, camouflage tent covered with bare tree branches. It’s all quick-and-dirty, practical architecture, but the differences intriguingly reveal the (absent) hunters and their worlds.

J.R. Uretsky reshoots a childhood photo of herself and her mom in The Sweaters Project: I’m your biggest fan! Stuck on the wall is the original snapshot in which the girl her sits on a stool and her mom stands behind her, holding her shoulders. It seems to be about them wearing matching sweaters — red with stripes of triangles and diamonds. Now they repeat the pose, but wearing matching weird, bulky, pink foam tops. Between the photo and the video sits a curious clam-like soft sculpture, with a striped fabric shell and a belly of rainbow sequins. Uretsky operates in territory between surrealism and child’s play. It’s like visiting another dimension that has all the same stuff we have, but everything is — surprisingly, pleasurably — a bit off.

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