Because the shifting direction of her work surprises and delights
Sara Cwynar, a former graphic designer at New York Times Magazine, creates images that are about the way we look at images. Her latest work—including portraits with photography props obscuring the expression of their subject (above)—continues her playful project of subverting viewers’ expectations of how a picture should look. Like her recent bouquet series, where junky objects like Tupperware were used in place of fresh blooms for voluptuous “floral” arrangements, Cwynar’s new photographs depict a surprisingly manicured chaos. Cooper Cole Gallery, coopercolegallery.com.