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From Karen Rosenberg’s article on groundbreaking work from the 1990s for Artspace:

This image of a heroic yet neutered male nude with an early Mac laptop tucked under his arm graces the entrance to “Come As You Are” [at the Montclair Art Museum] and the frontispiece of the catalog. The work of digital-imaging pioneers Aziz + Cucher, it was made in collaboration with a Silicon Valley photo lab. “Large-scale photography was so important at this time, and was becoming more and more enmeshed with digital technology,” says Schwartz. Although the work appears to celebrate innovation, it has a wry critical touch: the figure’s gesture, a nod to the fascist salute. The erased genitalia, meanwhile, anticipate Matthew Barney’s gender transformations (some two years in advance of the first “Cremaster” film) while also prefiguring the sci-fi speculations of today’s DIS Magazine collective.

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