Imitation of Christ
September 08, 2012 New York
In the back, a video of Vanessa Beecroft, very pregnant and nude save a pair of heels, played on a loop. An equally naked troupe of women offered up glass masks that Subkoff had created (along with glass vaginas) during an artist's residency in Venice this summer. The masks were marked with a plastic surgeon's suggested lifts and nips, and the women genuflected in front of projected images of skinny models and magazine covers—the usual begetters of low self-esteem. "I wanted people to experience what women go through when they get dressed," Subkoff explained. "The clothes are not the point. I couldn't think of a clearer way of saying that than by putting them on the floor." While a few viewers may not have gotten it ("This is getting bizarre," a young man noted as a performer stripped back down to her bodysuit), Subkoff succeeded in creating a hypnotic mood. As for the clothes, they were entirely beside the point. Pity the photographers who tried to capture each look.