Bettina Buck Shuffles through a Museum and Smashes Art-Historical Narratives
Inside corners (beautified) is a series of fired clay imprints of various corners of the V&A museum, London. These small abstract objects signify the spatial context of the V&A transposed to Hong Kong, they mark time and place and are part of a larger dialogue about materiality, signification, process and sculpture.
Signature: Artist title and seal on reverse
Bettina Buck is an adamantly anti-modernist artist who, in her own words, creates work that “simultaneously attracts and alienates the viewer” and “creates a tremor, a vibration and a conversation with its surroundings.” Buck’s sculptures are assemblages and reconfigurations of found industrial materials like carpets, posters, foam, latex, and plastic. She draws upon the objects’ histories, while also creating jolting contrasts of their textures and forms. To heighten the disquieting effect of her work, Buck sometimes displays the work at unconventional heights. Though they appear abstract, these works sometimes have anthropomorphic traits or illustrate narratives. Buck’s sculptures also draw upon classical forms, mythology, and traditions of sculpture.
German, b. 1974