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Playing Curator in the Heat of Summer

Sucked through Larry Sultan’s looking glass, hot sex comes out as hard work: Untitled (1999).
photo: Courtesy of Janet Borden, Inc.
Sucked through Larry Sultan’s looking glass, hot sex comes out as hard work: Untitled (1999).

At Richard Anderson's "Living Is Easy" salon (453 West 17th Street, through July 22), Joe Ovelman takes a more kaleidoscopic view of sex, reproducing in miniature (160 by 6 inches) the wheat-pasted color-xerox installation he mounted this past April 1 on the wooden hoarding near Gagosian's 24th Street gallery. Though Ovelman's obsession is writ small here, it's still pretty potent. His unframed, 40-panel frieze includes hundreds of shots of bare-chested thugs, dark-eyed boys in bed, construction workers, a burly surfer with his board, and a slew of Latinos with their pants falling down. Like Janine Gordon's photos at Xavier LaBoulbenne, these pictures are about lust and longing, but their boy-crazy carelessness seems blissfully, dangerously unexamined in the wake of the recent melee in Central Park. With this in mind, the picture of the summer just might be Alix Lambert's Tattoo #9 at Baumgartner Gallery (418 West 15th Street, through July 29). Lambert convinced friends to let her use their skin as a canvas, then photographed the tattoos. The one that sums up our fucked-up, supermacho moment is inked onto the shaved lower belly of a man whose wiry black hair sprouts from his waistband. The message is a simple one, in squat block letters: SUCK ME.

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