James Gallagher, Girls 1/Girls 2, (2006)
There seem to be three types of characters repeated in Gallagher’s work; The figure of power, the figure of vulnerability, and the figure of lust. Each composition consists of dark and light (halftone and non-halftone) shapes carefully balanced and fixed in place like pieces of inlaid wood or pietra dura.
The two images above belong to the figures of lust category. These figures are too lost in their own activities to notice us. They are a closed loop and we observe their amebic movements like scientists gazing into a pitri dish. The sterile environments and the abstracted identities of the figures call to mind the photographic documentation of medical disorders than any form of pornography. There is a tinge of discomfort in watching their bodies awkwardly comingle together, a bit more meat than spirit.