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Emiko Kasahara

United States

Jonathan Napack

EMIKO KASAHARA, Untitled (Blondie), 1994; back: Untitled (Three Types #1), 1993, installation view, courtesy Deitch Projects, New York.

Emiko Kasahara's work is about a kind of polar seduction - inviting but never merely charming, its gestures sharp, provocative, and aimed disturbingly at one's comfortable notions of sex and gender, whether they be conservative or politically correct. Her works are extremely sensual, but express their sensuality in cool, crisp materials, whether ostensibly inanimate (marble) or sham-natural (fake hair, surgical synthetics), leavening their glacial eroticism with…

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