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Isa Genzken | the artist



The artist Isa Genzken
Born 1948, Bad Oldesloe, Germany.
Lives and works in Berlin, .

Style and technique of the artist: Installation art, Sculpture Objects, Wolfgang Hahn Prize, skulptur projekte munster,


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Isa Genzken’s sculpture is concerned with what surrounds us and shapes our everyday existence, from design, advertising, and the media to her most enduring subject, architecture and the urban environment. The artist is interested in the ways in which aesthetic styles—the unadorned angularity of modernist architecture for example—embody and enforce political and social ideologies. Genzken began the Empire/Vampire, Who Kills Death sculptures shown here after the September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. In this series, she directly confronts the themes of architecture, power, and terror. Much like scenes from a film, these sculptures comprise self-contained stages for invented scenarios: ruins of architecture and the built environment are peopled with figures trying to navigate the devastation…

Genzken’s oeuvre thus far consists of two aesthetically contrasting but philosophically complimentary extremes: highly crafted, sleek, and colorful wooden objects reminiscent of kayaks or rockets, some over thirty feet in length; and disturbingly blunt, numbing, concrete sculptures reminiscent of bombed out shelters…

Works

Genzken’s work straddles the spheres of formalist purity and narrative interpretation. Entrenched in the process of making, Genzken’s work is the result of her own intimate interaction with materials, tempering the procedure of formal decision-making with the spontaneity of imaginative play.