A few months ago I was flipping through the free cable channels when I saw one of Jill Greenberg’s photo’s of a baby screaming. It was MSNBC or something like it and the irate family values guest was explaining how Greenberg’s work was cruel to children.
In her current show at ClampArt, Greenberg has left the children alone (thank goodness!) and chosen bears instead. These photos follow up her photos of monkeys. These are not teary-eyed bears or monkeys. Instead, they seem somewhere between feral and human, especially due to her studio lighting set up. If her past photos were unsettling due to the animalistic punch of the babies’ emotional outbursts (enough to upset the guest on MSNBC), her bears and monkeys are troubling (and beautiful) because of their humanity. I will be scouring MSNBC for the PETA’s tirade.
- Keith Miller
(*Images, from top to bottom: Jill Greenberg, Ursine, October 11 - November 24, 2007; ClampArt, Untitled (Ursine), 2005, Courtesy of ClampArt, New York City. Jill Greenberg, Ursine, October 11 - November 24, 2007; ClampArt, Untitled (Ursine), 2005, Courtesy of ClampArt, New York City.)