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Jansson Stegner’s canvases of outrageously lithe cops and athletes in pastoral settings have a gender fluid mood that seem to be speaking to our audience. Stegner is not LGBT, but he is very interested that his work seems to telegraph that.

In 1973, The Advocate wrote that gay people had come to think of police "as their natural enemies." Times have changed, but Stegner's fetishization of these men and women in uniform reminds us that they are still symbols of power. Somehow Stegner's pop, dreamy paintings seem to undermine that authority.
 

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