Bettina Buck Shuffles through a Museum and Smashes Art-Historical Narratives
... Platzhalter is a series created by Bettina Buck as a record of a series of conversations she had with artists in four cities during a three-week period. Some were friends, others acquaintances, there were peers and still more who are senior artists whose work she admires but had never met. She contacted each, asking permission to meet and converse whilst she cast a corner of their studio. The corners were specific and private corners, special corners where the artists think and contemplate. The cast was made with expanding foam that was left to fully expand and set, then cast in bronze.Both are materials Buck has worked with previously and each is the antithesis of the other. Mutability and the disposable are fixed forever in the material of art historical authority.
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