Wednesday, August 8, 2012

AIC: Bluhm Family Terrace [Sculptures by Katharina Fritsch ]

Sculptures by Katharina Fritsch
Temporary Exhibit:  April 21, 2012October 28, 2012
Location: Bluhm Family Terrace
at the Art Institute of Chicago [AIC]


There are three groups of sculptures..
as shown in images below..
All works date to 2009-12 and are courtesy of
 Katharina Fritsh and Matthew Mark Gallery, New York.

1. Stilleben / 1st Still Life - by Katharina Fritsch
Figure of a Saint [St. Michael] / Copper, lacquered
Madonna Figure / Copper, lacquered
Hand / Bronze, lacquered
Egg / Plastic, Lacquered
Skull / Epoxy, lacquered


3. Stilleben / 3rd Still Life - by Kathrina Fritsch
Fern / Bronze, lacquered
Skull / Bronze, lacquered
Apple / Bronze, lacquered

Apple - by Katharina Fritsch
Apple / Bronze , lacquered

Sculptures by Katharina Fritsch at Bluhm Family Terrace [AIC]

Some details..


Figure of a Saint [St. Michael]
 Copper, lacquered

 Epoxy, lacquered

Madonna Figure 
 Copper, lacquered

From the AIC Website.. click here..

Katharina Fritsch roots her work in the personal, often drawing from childhood memories of familiar circumstances or chance encounters. Her references engage broad aspects of folklore and culture through meticulous reproductions of everyday objects, which she formally manipulates with shifts in scale and color. Made strange by repetition and siting, her sculptural installations are both seductive and disturbing. In the Proustian sense of activating memory, Fritsch’s works create an unnerving familiarity that is subsequently destabilized by the realization that we are seeing a form, a character, or an object for the very first time.

While Fritsch’s painstakingly handcrafted objects are easily mistaken for manufactured items, the artist employs a complicated and time-consuming fabrication process that begins with sketches and scale models. Molded by hand, worked and reworked, each object is subjected to multiple processes of casting or layering. The completed yet still idiosyncratic forms are then painted in bold, highly saturated colors with matte, nonreflective surfaces, creating a sense of otherworldliness. In Fritsch’s words, “Often my sculptures have a matte surface so that there is no reflection whatsoever from the surroundings. That increases the impression of a vision that one cannot grasp.”

Born in Essen, Germany, Fritsch trained at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf, where she continues to live and work.

Monk - by Katharina Fritsch
1997-99 / Polyester and paint.
This accompanying sculpture by Katharina Fritsch,
 is in the Modern Wing of AIC..

This exhibition reminded me, of the "Group of Figures",  by Kathrine Fritsch I had seen at the MOMA Sculpture Garden..  click here..
[2006-08, fabricated 2010-11..]

1 comment:

Patrick Leyendecker said...

the skull is great, sure the rest also