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Asta Gröting

Foundation de Appel

Though seemingly static and cold, Asta Gröting’s sculptures actually represent organic processes. At once massive and transparent, the digestive system of a shark constructed in Murano glass rested on the the floor. Like the glass, which was also at first a fluid substance, the digestive system, the site of an organic process of decomposition, is depicted now as still and transparent. Through this glass body, material and form evoke a now-frozen stream of movement.

An enormous pink-rubber tunnel represented the throat as a transportation system. Metabolic processes, reproduction, and the opposition between the inside of the body and the outer world are the basis of Gröting’s present work. The row of leather jackets that traversed one of the galleries suggested a human spine. What is normally concealed by the skin, is, paradoxically, depicted by animal hide, normally a protective covering.

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