Hyperallergic: Forging Queer Identity with Abstraction

By Abe Ahn

The absence or presence of the body recurs throughout the show. Amir Nikravan’s “Rep/Set 7” (2015) represents a messy abstraction of footprints, leaving impressions of a body or bodies that are otherwise invisible, like the two lovers in Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ “Untitled (billboard of an empty bed)” (1991). Slithering from the gallery’s eponymous pit is Anna Sew Hoy’s “Denim Worm” (2008), patches of denim resembling a placental cord or set of entrails. It brings into visceral form the familiarity and strangeness of the body during pregnancy, transforming used clothing (familiar through wear) into an alien encounter with its afterbirth.


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October 19, 2015