From Efrem Zelony-Mindell’s review of “Tease” for L’Oeil de la Photographie:
The body bears strange fruit. It shouldn’t be pinned down. It takes all—parts and light. A scene becomes a single sight, or a group. Together the form and volume of a person can become a language, a landscape of personality and story. Intimate. The bodies of Jan Rattia’s Tease, at the Houston Center for Photography, hope to become whole people. Personal connections are important in establishing bonds of trust. The depths of the unconditional advance the possibilities of Rattia’s photography. The men are confessed in profession and form but they are not cretins of those alliances. We each make ourselves in shape and trade, but we are not perfectly defined by those endeavors. The habits of commitment and long-term projects are questionable and vast.