new-york

Chloe Piene

Tanja Grunert Gallery

Ye olde mix of sex, death, and ungodly powers from beyond infused a recent show by Chloe Piene, and results ranged from excellent to interesting to problematic. With a group of charcoal drawings on vellum and two elaborate videos, Piene explored exhibitionism and violence, the allure of raw Goth-teen personae, and the difficulty of balancing adulation with critique.

Each of Piene’s drawings (from 2002 and 2003) depicts a contorted, long-haired maiden with her hands between her legs, floating somewhere between putrefaction and ecstasy. Skeleton and flesh blur; the drawings’ contours are nervous, luscious; the pictures themselves graphic, and graphically gorgeous. This erotic/neurotic combination gets complicated, however, in the video You’re Gonna Be My Woman, 1997–2000. A small blond woman (Piene) wearing stained white panties and T-shirt gambols in a cramped concrete enclosure. She laughs

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