Clarissa Cruz
July 28, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Body Knots

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Howard Schatz
publisher
Rizzoli
genre
Coffee Table, Nonfiction

We gave it an B+

Calloused feet, hairless chests, and veiny limbs abound in Body Knots, the fascinating photo collection of dancers who make the Cirque du Soleil contortionists look like carnival slackers. With most of the subjects’ head neatly tucked away to emphasize just how surreal — and unidentifiable — the human form can be, Howard Schatz manipulates digitally colorized groupings of nude figures into likeness of everything from a seashell necklace to a hot fudge sundae. While some of the images are more reminiscent of Target ads than high art, they certainly bring new meanings to the phrase ”body shots.” B+

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