Asta Gröting

Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen

Strikingly distributed throughout this generous space, the ten works here by Asta Gröting—both floor and wall pieces—come across as consciously modern avatars of what might generally be called “appealing art.” The most obvious feature of these pieces is their surprising materiality, followed by the intense up-to-dateness of their esthetics of impact: the tendency to be cool and rational. Transparent materials such as glass and plastic are used along with more amorphous materials such as rubber and modeling clay. Organic nature, in the guise of wood, coexists with found or manufactured objects. Primary industrial products, such as glass in opaque black, or transparent bottlelike forms without top or bottom, or conveyor-belt parts sewn into wheellike forms: these materials lend a quality of process to some of Gröting’s works. Others, especially the wall pieces, connect that quality with

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