The Women

By Paul Pescador

I am collectively titling these three essays which I have written for the Art Book Review as “The Women”, the title reminds me of a possible Casavetes film. In his films, the performance of gender is in an enactment of power which gets demonstrated through conflict, violence, and sexuality one’s daily life. Through their respective mediums, Moyra Davey’s through photography, Calle through intervention, and Krauss through the memoir, each investigates the daily experience through documentation and constructed elements. Through their practice, these artists discuss intimate subjects such as relationships, disease, and individual ambition. They are researchers and collectors of ideas, stories and situations and use this information for the production of new artwork. Writing is an important to their work, whether it’s Davey’s photographs of text in the books her studio or Calle and Krauss incorporating language and narrative as the actual artwork. Both Krauss and Davey incorporate their research as a means to discuss emotional content, Krauss’ emotions are much more direct and she uses art history and theory to justify them, while Davey’s is the opposite and discusses emotional content through the citing other’s writing. The tone in Krauss’ work appears more frantic and emotion driven, Davey’s who is much more reserved and contemplative, while Calle exists somewhere in between. Each of these three women are working through similar questions of daily experience, while doing so through different background, different dispositions, and different ideologies.
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