Barbara Zenner

Galerie Jurgen Becker

Occasionally dispatches from the world of the department store reach the art world. This is certainly nothing new today. For decades artists have been mining consumer culture with varying results: some lead to kitsch, others to art as commodity. Some artists, among them Barbara Zenner, are attracted to the commodity world because it is more seductive than art itself.

In one piece, Zenner used a salt and pepper shaker set. Nothing unusual in that but the form: two copulating rabbits that probably are supposed to add visual spice to the contents. Zenner enlarged two other rabbits into stuffed animals reminiscent of children’s toys; the adult world with its sometimes vulgar jokes becomes childlike and naive. Another work, a clown with music and motor, together with its companion, a hippopotamus, ushers childhood imagination into the adult world.

From textiles Zenner sews, knits, and crochets

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