Eva Rothschild

Kunsthalle Zurich

There has been a renewed emphasis on object making among younger artists, and Eva Rothschild’s exhibition was a virtuoso demonstration of their broad, no-holds-barred reinterpretation of sculpture. Employing walls, floor, and ceiling without recourse to frames or supports, the work immediately conjures myriad references, from the severity of Minimalism to the kitsch playfulness of designer accessories, incorporating both industrial production techniques and a crafts aesthetic.

Each of the three rooms here included both types of work that Rothschild has been developing—abstract geometric sculptures and representational works that amalgamate objects and images from various “alternative” cultures. Each mode becomes most interesting where it takes on qualities from the other, shifting between appropriated vocabularies and suspending any formal reading to create unresolvable sequences of meaning.

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