Cologne

Kirsten Ortwed

Galerie Miller Nordenhake

What is a piece of sculpture? According to Kirsten Ortwed, it is a solid three-dimensional form and the space surrounding that form. She investigates the interplay of fixed form and space in her work with amazing persistence. Her view of space is not monolithic; it is not simply the area surrounding the sculpture, it is also the space taken up by the work itself. She places a simple cube of untreated plaster on the floor, next to it a steel construction that traces the volume displaced by the cube. An empty space and a space filled with matter face-to-face: this is a simple gesture, actually the alpha and omega of all sculpture, but still it cannot be repeated often enough, it would seem, since Ortwed continues to sharpen our view of these spatial relationships.

Double Up (all works 1991) expresses the essence of her sculpture reduced to its simplest, most germinative principle; the other

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