Who else could combine in a single body of work a quiet landscape in San Joaquin Valley and a staged portrait of a naked woman with a suitcase standing in dark woods but Philip-Lorca diCorcia? His “East of Eden” series, now on view at David Zwirner Gallery in New York City, presents images of disparate subjects but conveys the influential artist’s familiar mix of the ominous, the wistful and the surreal. DiCorcia began the series in 2008, when he saw a parallel between the financial collapse and the fall from Eden described in the Book of Genesis. The Biblical theme continues in images of innocence, like the photo “Genesis,” showing a boy jumping on a bed with a doll in his hands, and loss, such as “After the Fall” [Slide 9], a 2012 image of severed tree limbs and autumn leaves in a cemetery.
– Holly Stuart Hughes
“East of Eden” is on view through May 2.