Exhibition view, courtesy of the artist and Galerie Nathalie Obadia/Galerie Barbara Thumm / photo: Virginie Schreyen
15/04/2012 - 17/06/2012
In her drawings and sculptures, Chloe Piene (b. 1972, USA) utilises motifs that refer both to eroticism and death. Her drawings consist of very fine drawn charcoal lines that form figures and limbs. These figures exist somewhere between life and death, between lust and transience. Both the sculptures and the drawings appear to have been formed through the uncontrolled and chaotic intuition of the artist. The world she creates is experienced by the viewer as subversive and dark, yet also charged with existentialist thoughts and art historical references to Vanitas motifs.
Chloe Piene was born in 1972 and has exhibited solo at institutions such as the Carré d’Art Musée d’Art Contemporain, Nîmes, and the Kunsthalle Bern in Switzerland. On the topic of her drawing she has been paired with Hans Bellmer and Willem de Kooning in two person shows. Her work is represented in public and private collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and the Centre national d'art et de la culture George Pompidou, Paris; as well as the Hoffman and Burger collections in Berlin. She lives and works in New York City.