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Jenny Saville & Glen Luchford

Closed Contact

January 12–February 9, 2002
Beverly Hills

Jenny Saville & GLEN LUCHFORD: Closed Contact Installation view

Jenny Saville & GLEN LUCHFORD: Closed Contact

Installation view

Jenny Saville & GLEN LUCHFORD: Closed Contact Installation view

Jenny Saville & GLEN LUCHFORD: Closed Contact

Installation view

Works Exhibited

Jenny Saville & Glen Luchford, Closed Contact #14, 1995–96 C-print mounted in Plexiglas, 72 × 72 × 6 inches (182.9 × 182.9 × 15.2 cm), edition of 6

Jenny Saville & Glen Luchford, Closed Contact #14, 1995–96

C-print mounted in Plexiglas, 72 × 72 × 6 inches (182.9 × 182.9 × 15.2 cm), edition of 6

Jenny Saville & Glen Luchford, Closed Contact #14, 1995–96 C-print mounted in Plexiglas, 72 × 72 × 6 inches (182.9 × 182.9 × 15.2 cm), edition of 6

Jenny Saville & Glen Luchford, Closed Contact #14, 1995–96

C-print mounted in Plexiglas, 72 × 72 × 6 inches (182.9 × 182.9 × 15.2 cm), edition of 6

Jenny Saville & Glen Luchford, Closed Contact #10, 1995–96 C-print mounted in Plexiglas, 96 × 72 × 6 inches (243.8 × 182.9 × 15.2 cm), edition of 6

Jenny Saville & Glen Luchford, Closed Contact #10, 1995–96

C-print mounted in Plexiglas, 96 × 72 × 6 inches (243.8 × 182.9 × 15.2 cm), edition of 6

Jenny Saville & Glen Luchford, Closed Contact #13, 1995–96 C-print mounted in Plexiglas, 60 × 120 × 6 inches (152.4 × 304.8 × 15.2 cm), edition of 6

Jenny Saville & Glen Luchford, Closed Contact #13, 1995–96

C-print mounted in Plexiglas, 60 × 120 × 6 inches (152.4 × 304.8 × 15.2 cm), edition of 6

About

The images offer, not a story, but an experience that begins in visceral uneasiness and gradually shifts to a haunted serenity. The discomfort is complicated. It is triggered partly by our sense of the instantaneous monstrosity of a normal human transformed by the spreading of the shape beyond what we understood as normal.
—Katherine Dunn, from the exhibition catalogue

Gagosian is pleased to present the photographic series Closed Contact (1995–96). This collaboration between painter Jenny Saville and fashion photographer/filmmaker Glen Luchford confronts and challenges conceived notions of feminine beauty. The collusion of the art and fashion worlds has produced many hybrids in recent years, yet none perhaps as intensely striking as this series. In this body of work, the artists have created a new form of self-portraiture, using Saville as the model.

After observing operations of reconstructive and aesthetic surgery, Saville was eager to express the violence and anesthetized pain of this experience in her own work. Luchford and Saville began an artistic collaboration that captures the full range of color, tonality, and topography of live flesh in large photographic tableaux. Distortions confront and coerce the viewer into an examination of one’s own body and the grotesqueries and beauties inherent within. The images also recall biological specimens preserved, disembodied, and disfigured.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by acclaimed writer Katherine Dunn. A limited edition that will include a photographic print in a specially designed Plexiglas case will also be available.

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