New York

Hannah Wilke

Ronald Feldman Gallery

Causing more commotion than was warranted or necessary, Hannah Wilke unfortunately felt she had to get on the bandwagon of artists’ “nudie” pin-ups with a vulgarly accessorized (i.e. unzipped blue jeans, hair curlers, etc.) rendering of her semi-nude flesh in 28 photographs from the S.O.S. Mastication Box, a 1975 performance at the Galerie Gerald Piltzer, Paris. Wilke’s act of physical display resembles Robert Morris’s and Lynda Benglis’s erotic publicity, but it is also a record, à la Acconci, Oppenheim, etc. of the ways she “crudded up” her “perfect flesh” with her personal portable leprosy, chewing gum, masticated and applied to various parts of her anatomy. In this piece she uses herself as both the subject and the support in much the same way she uses picture postcards as the base for her application of kneaded rubber eraser shapes.

But, all this peep-show hoopla detracts from the

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