New York

Patty Chang

Jack Tilton Gallery

Since graduating from the University of California at San Diego in 1994, Patty Chang has been a regular on New York’s performance circuit, plying her distinctive brand of ’60s-style body art meets ’90s riot-grrrl feminism in such venues as P.S. 122 and the Clit Club and garnering particular praise for Alter Ergo, first seen in Exit Art’s 1997 showcase of emerging performance artists, “Terra Bomba.”

Chang revived Alter Ergo in this debut solo show, which, along with videotapes and large-scale color photographs, included a series of live performances held in the gallery’s back room. Recalling Chris Burden’s durational works, Alter Ergo had Chang standing stock-still for hours at a stretch, her mouth clamped open by a piece of dental equipment and crammed with peppermint candies. A pale-pink string of saliva leaked down her starched white shirt and tailored gray suit. Chang’s forced ingestion

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