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Alex Jasch

Galerie Linn Lühn

Alex Jasch’s fourth show to date was spare, sober, raw, and unyielding—yet it was not without charm and, odd as this might sound, a distinct erotic charge. Consider Kopfstudie, der Urknubbel (Head Study, the Primal Knob), 2005, in which a small white lump of plaster lies atop a tall, white quadrangular pedestal. The lump is actually the cast of a full garbage bag, whose bulging form and tapered folds recall the curves (with their subtle indications of nipples) in medieval images of the Madonna. Leftover scraps of jute fabric clinging to the edges vaguely suggest pubic hair. It is an all but surreal object, vulnerable, fragile, and abandoned to its own fragmentation.

Similarly fragmentary is Regal mit 2 blinden Glasscheiben aus dem Harz (Rack with 2 Blind Glass Panels from the Harz), 2009, three amorphous shapes made of plaster, wire, and newspaper hanging on the wall like wet rags. Bits of

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