Alexandra Bircken

Sculptural Acts

In the sixties, artists made renewed efforts to take a good look at the conditions required to create art: production, presentation, and reception. With Minimal Art, institutional critique, and Contextual Art, an ambivalent attitude developed toward the object. This raises the question of the sense and purpose of sculpture in the context of today’s world. This publication presents works by contemporary artists who distinguish themselves through their process-oriented approach and deal with formal composition in an explorative way, employing a wide variety of materials and methods. In doing so, this volume contributes to a general understanding of the concept of the sculptural act. An important reference here is Richard Serra’s Verb List Compilation (1967/68), in which he compiled a list of over one hundred verbs dealing specifically with the treatment of different materials, such as “fold,” “bend,” “tear,” and “press.”

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Alexandra Bircken
Rektusdiastase


In Alexandra Bircken’s sculptures it is often ‘poor’ remnants or classical construction materials that take on new functions through craftwork. Alongside materials such as wool, textiles and mortar, she also uses found material from nature and the everyday world. Artificial and natural, hard and soft are connected with one another. In this way the textile spiderweb of a diversity of objects such as children’s toys, items of clothing or twigs and stones becomes a frequent motif in her works.

This catalogue brings together the new works from 2009 to 2012 on full-page installation views from the exhibitions in Bonn (Alexandra Bircken at Bonner Kunstverein, 17 April – 25 November 2012) and Hamburg (Alexandra Bircken: Hausrat at Kunstverein in Hamburg, 12 May – 2 September 2012).

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