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Isa Genzenken

Galerie Daniel Buchholz

Isa Genzken is known for the way she subtly relates her works to their environments, as well as for her complex, specific solutions and disruptive tactics. She has consistently employed materials from the realm of building construction: first wood and plaster, then glass and steel, and now concrete. Sculptures made of broken, shattered, and imperfect concrete are supported by delicate iron scaffolds. Genzken pours the concrete into wooden frameworks; when it hardens, she smashes it, then piles up the fragments again. Then the components are lightly spray-painted.

The manner in which the pieces are presented creates the impression of a perfectly composed imperfection. The pieces also evoke bunker ruins, the remnants of modern fictitious castles, and the collapse of modern buildings. In their forms and sizes, they are alternately grandiose and modest, hermetically sealed or provided with

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