In Your Face

Lindman has fabricated metal contraptions that stretch and squash her face into various contortions, recalling A Clockwork Orange's Alex clamped in his re-education chair with eyelids pinned open by thin reeds of steel. The videos of her endurance tests (she remained in each pose for an hour) were cut into short chunks, which she then made partially transparent and layered on top of one another, compressing each ordeal into a one-minute clip. Flared ears pinned down by magnetic bolts and lips pulled open, exposing teeth that recede like a skull's, remain in focus, while the rest of her face and shoulders waver in fleshy, blinking blurs; the segments flow by like the records of strange, coercive lab experiments. Adults warn kids not to make ugly faces or they might freeze that way; Lindman viscerally connects human expression—that alchemy of thought, emotion, and desire—to the pieces of meat that give it form.

'More Than Coffee Was Served' The European kaffeehaus was the fave hangout for modernity's early bohos, here captured by Kathe Kollwitz's earnest etching Conspiracy (1895), with its dark figures hunched and whispering over their small cups. Georg Grosz's fleshy whores, cigar-chomping capitalists, and cadaverous derelicts are among these drawings, prints, and posters by more than two dozen artists. Egon Schiele's ravishing black, white, and orange crayon sketch depicts his circle of friends; an utterly charming 1922 watercolor by Grethe Jürgens of a cabaret singer is enhanced by triangles of light. Galerie St. Etienne, 24 W 57th, 212-245-6734. Through Nov 25.

Jim Lambie

Twisted sister
photo: Pia Lindman
Twisted sister

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Pia Lindman
Storefront for Art and Architecture
97 Kenmare Street
Through October 28th

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