A friend of mine claims that Emily Peacock is the best photographer in Houston. Who am I to disagree? I've been under the spell of her photos ever since the 2011 University of Houston MFA show, and her subsequent Lawndale exhibit confirmed my opinion that Peacock is a conceptually interesting and highly skilled photographer. Much of her work (but not all) deals with appropriation and reimagining earlier photos. This kind of work can feel airless and uninvolving. But not when Peacock does it. Her versions of earlier photos, whether family snapshots or Dianne Arbus, are witty and surprisingly emotional. They strike a perfect balance between slavish recreation and shambolic pastiche.
Here are some of the photos Peacock my be bringing to the Pan Art Fair--among many others.