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In a Different Light


The couple is the standard social nucleus. In modern Western society, a couple is almost universally considered to be a union of opposites; that is, male and female. The works here, though, foreground the similarities that can exist between the two halves of a union. Many of the works may allude to the stereotypically negative view of same-sex couples as narcissistic, however, these artists also put a positive spin on the phenomenon of recognition, empathy, and identification that can accompany attraction based as much on similarity as on difference.

Cary S. Leibowitz/Candyass
Tea Set, 1994
Dimensions variable
Courtesy Michael Klein Gallery

John DeFazio
Top Elf, 1991
Glazed Ceramic
18 x 12 x 10 in.
Courtesy of the artist