Author: Kim Levin
The Village Voice Short List, March 12-17, 2003

Sue de Beer

A season or so ago, she collaborated with Laura Parnes on "Heidi II," a grotesquely engrossing riposte to Paul McCarthy from a girlish point of view. Having each gone solo, both she and Parnes (whose recent film updated Dante's Inferno) are still exploring the transformation of childhood innocence into teen evil. "Hans und Grete," De Beer's two-channel video installation (with shag rug and plush animal seating) takes off not from the fairy tale but from Andreas Baader and Ulrike Meinhoff's aliases. Luring us into the secret subcultures of disaffected kids, it weaves together the psychology and pathology of aspiring rockers, goth vixens, and schoolboy shooters. THROUGH SATURDAY, Postmasters, 459 West 19th Street, 212-727-3323. (Kim Levin)