February 2011 / Softcover / 6.5 x 8.5 inches
68 pp / extensive color
all the performance artists who use their body as a subject, none
is more original or just plain funnier than New York-based Austrian
artist Maria Petschnig. Deeply influenced by the outrageous Viennese
Actionist movement, no one today is more likely to make viewers
squirm with discomfort as she turns breasts, genitalia and fat into
carnival-funhouse faces and mysteriously icky lumps. This book,
an overview of Petschnig’s video and photo works of recent
years, looks at how the artist uses clothing to re-frame her body
parts, creating images that are not what they seem at first glance.
Underneath it all, Petschnig seriously addresses issues of beauty,
sexuality, identity and voyeurism, unafraid of becoming grotesque
to make her points about the uses and abuses of the female body.
With essays in English and German.
images from Maria Petschnig's show
at Western Exhibitions in Fall 2011