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Susan Robb
at Lawrimore Project, Seattle, Washington
Recommendation by Bill Lasarow

The title alone is enough to draw your attention: "Masked Infants Milking the Earth." This landscape photography by Susan Robb is manipulated to make us see the awesome scale of nature viewed from the air as an extension of our personal psyche. Creatures, body parts, and all manner of rorschach blots are the products of old-fashioned free association, but nature assumes the upper hand. These images feed the romantic impulse to throw oneself into the maelstrom, so much the better to be swallowed up in it. They are displayed, leaning against the wall, on shelves rather than mounted directly, lending them a more informal, though hardly sculptural presence. The spirit is for the most part consistent with the previous thrust of Robb's mainly sculptural projects, but is a dramatic departure from her past visual rhetoric that began to appear as a component of her previous exhibition here. A video, "Water Lab" is part of the mix. Yes, we've seen this act before, but hers is a bold, honest, and absorbing take.

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