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Julian Göthe

Julian Göthe likes to cut. A recurring theme when he muses about his work is the tender yet aggressive restiveness of the drawings, collages, and sculptures he produces. Perhaps owing to his enthusiasm for the bleeding edge, his works take on a certain air of danger, giving rise to almost visceral sensations. At the same time––and this is not to be considered contradictory at all––Göthe’s hybrid creations are utterly sexual and seductive, at least for an observer capable of taking pleasure in the sight of such uncannily edgy, masculine shapes.

The pleasurable dissonance becomes even deeper when one learns about the peculiar references and predilections Göthe brings to the game. “Living with Design,” the artist’s autumn 2004 solo show at Cabinet in London, took its name from a popular book by ’60s interior designer David Hicks. Notwithstanding the nature of this vintage manual for combining

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