In lushly colored photographs, Susi Brister depicts anonymous figures covered in densely textured and patterned textiles inserted in to landscapes as mysterious organic forms. Her Fables suggest magical narratives where creatures emerge from their habitats and strange figures mimic the landscape playing with notions of natural v s. artificial. Challenging traditional renderings of the figure, Brister questions the nature of sculpture, performance, and portraiture. Both humorous and melancholy, these images emphasize the gap be tween the natural world and its synthetic imitations.
Sara Frantz’s recent work explores the contemporary built environment once-removed. Her subjects tend toward the anonymous and ubiquitous: standard commercial buildings, often ornamented with eye-catching architectural “flair”, are carefully framed by trimmed hedges and lawns. These locations are seemingly viewed from the (never explicitly shown) roadside, which indirectly reveals that extensive travel and chance encounters with varied architectural vernaculars is an important catalyst for Frantz’s process. This point of view also presents her buildings as closed, slightly mysterious tableaux: no one enters or exits and contents are never revealed.