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View of “Puppies Puppies,” 2016. Photo: Aurélien Mole.

Puppies Puppies

Balice Hertling | 47 bis Rue Ramponeau

View of “Puppies Puppies,” 2016. Photo: Aurélien Mole.

On the sweltering July evening of this exhibition’s opening, the artist who goes by the name of Puppies Puppies was planted on the sidewalk sporting a Statue of Liberty costume for the performance Liberté (all works cited, 2016). Draped in cheap sea-foam-green cloth, face concealed behind a rubbery mask, fake torch held aloft, the artist’s green-painted skin became streaked with sweat, staining the costume’s polyester stola. Lady Liberty marked a slight departure from Puppies’s growing pantheon of pop-cultural characters whose creaturely or monstrous bodies make them objects of disgust or fear—but still, it’s not easy being green. Standing nearly petrified as a stolid living statue, the artist was met with increasing indifference by onlookers. As the performance dragged on it felt increasingly tragic, the character relegated to social invisibility.

This event served as the

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