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The Pre-Raphaelites meet J.Crew catalogues in the work of Ramona Trent, who dresses friends and actresses in her own clothes, then poses them in dusky, arid landscapes or curtained rooms. The photos in "My Life Time Now" are meant to be, as she states it, "projected self-portraits." Each creates the illusion of an intimate peek into the life of a dreamy, brooding woman, yet these photos are anything but candid. The languid poses are jarringly familiaryou've seen them in many a magazineand so is the sense of isolation tinged with narcissism. These portraits reveal more about the contrivance of allure than they do any particular individual. James Harris, 309A Third Ave., 206-903-6220. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. ELISE RICHMAN

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