Tuesday, December 23, 2003
"I have an attraction to wounds and scars," says Amie Potsic, and we believe it. The photographer spent two years snapping shots of disfigurements before moving on to the horrifically maimed mannequins that populate her new show, "Doppelganger." On a trip to Peru, Potsic was intrigued by the damaged dummies she seemed to see everywhere, missing limbs, eyes, even the tops of their heads, yet "still selling clothes!" as she says incredulously. In "Doppelganger" the figures glare from their 30-by-30-inch frames, wearing chipper smiles that contrast with their devastated forms and lend the works an unsettling note -- particularly when juxtaposed with the artist's self-portraits of the facial injuries she sustained in a serious bus accident. Potsic's art is joined by photos from Jennifer Rosenberg and video work from Kimberly Koym in the group show "Other Selves," which continues today at 3 p.m. (and runs through Jan. 18) at Mission 17, 2111 Mission (at 17th Street), S.F. Admission is free; call 336-2349.
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