Girth , inkjet print on translucent film, mounted on curved structure, 44” x 214” x 36”, 2001


Girth presents its rotund and statuesque physiques as a paper doll-like wall of flesh, stretched across a frame that curves gently outward to envelop the viewer. As noted by Patricia Rosoff in “Belly up to the Bar, Boys,” a review of the Male Body Image, an exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Gallery, University of Connecticut, Storrs, 2004:

“This sweeping phalanx of torsos … [is] mounted chest-to-eye-level on a curved wall panel that literally bellies into the space. These may be beefy fellows, but they are not beefcake. They are lived-in bodies … utterly unpretentious and anything but preening. It is their very un-loveliness that is their beauty — the humanity of their truthfulness, the craggy history of skin and follicle, of flesh and bone.”