Photographs by Laura Carton.
Nazraeli Press, Portland, 2009. 60 pp., 27 four color illustrations., 12x13".
Media artist Laura Carton, based in New York, first became
known for her project “Investor Relations,” an art-world intervention
and a working investment club, exploring the clandestine
pornography holdings of major United States corporations and
the context within which political policies are formed her. The
work in her current series “Stripped” is executed by downloading
a variety of pornographic images from the Internet, removing the
bodies and then digitally reconstructing the backgrounds from
the existing evidence. In looking beyond the camouflage of naked
flesh, what remain are carefully constructed and over-produced
fictions; the mise-en-scènes of domestic space, suburban melodramas,
utopian ideals and fantasies. Within the staged, mythic
world of pornography, these newly constructed narratives offer a
number of sites from which to question underlying assumptions
about sexuality, class, race, desire and commodification. Stripped
is printed in a first edition of 500 copies.
“What’s particularly alluring about these images is the way they
implicate the viewer in the missing action . . . shorn of buffed, blow-dried
actors, they lose their practical function and become open-ended. Your
imagination does the rest.” — The New York Times