Berlin

Heike Kabisch, Hour of Devour, 2019, ink-jet print on paper, resin, mineral crystals, fabric, 84 7⁄8 × 59 1⁄4 × 9".

Heike Kabisch, Hour of Devour, 2019, ink-jet print on paper, resin, mineral crystals, fabric, 84 7⁄8 × 59 1⁄4 × 9".

Heike Kabisch

ChertLüdde

To manifest real disquiet in a gallery is not easy, but Heike Kabisch’s “frothing, you and I” got close. The main room in Berlin gallery ChertLüdde’s modest Kreuzberg space, half-lit by murky pink strip lights above a wall-size image of guileless rhododendrons, grew darker in every sense as you looked down. On the floor were blackened ceramic sculptures of desperately scrawny legs poking out from various kinds of covering, numbered as a series of “poses,” 2019–, and collectively titled I told you to be more passionate . . . (all works 2019). Left of the door, a coital scene was unfolding, heads and torsos cloaked—or at least that’s what was suggested by what looked like a dirty towel and, beneath it, a stuffed garbage sack—with one partner supine and the other atop, missing a sock lost in the tussle. Another fat-free figure, mostly inside a duvet, lay partied-out nearby. Two more—one

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