Isa Genzken

Galerie Daniel Buchholz

Isa Genzken works with forms and materials that could make her whole project seem like a gag or an exercise in absurdity. Other artists also walk this line (Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, and even Rosemarie Trockel), but Genzken has the courage to take this risk while maintaining a sovereignty that is actually more absurd than the work itself. Thus there is a veil of tragedy over these otherwise happy sculptures. One could accuse them of being too indulgent; they have a patina that belies their age, a kind of Modernist design-value effect. This results in a dimension of confusion that develops when a visual innovation is not supported programmatically, making these works dance very close to the edge of gimmickry.

Powering half the works with motors added to the sense that these works are mere gadgets. Two pieces placed together, and two placed opposite each other suggested a sort of

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