New York

Anne Rochette

Julian Pretto / Berland Hall Gallery

In her show titled “Pains and Pleasures,” Anne Rochette presents works in which graphic and sculptural elements coexist in an uneasy tension. Though each arrangement addresses pressing social and political issues, she does not seem to subscribe to any of the dominant models of political art making. Rochette does not investigate the causes of homelessness, war, and terrorism, or even propose solutions to these problems, rather, she pinpoints and magnifies the way social and political circumstances, to which we often consider ourselves immune, affect us at the level of our bodies.

Rochette’s is a discourse of the victim, the late-20th-century subject who suffers the effects of political indifference. In No Home (all works 1989), six prone figures lie atop a wooden structure fitted with compartments containing geometric wooden shapes that resemble small buildings. By juxtaposing the exposed

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