Bettina Buck, ‘Streichelzoo (V&A)’, 2011, Rokeby Gallery

...the photographs [from the series]
(...) are grainy black and white that translate well the tactile aspect of the work. All include
the artist, dressed in a specially made metallic blue, soft leather suit, and another person, engaged in an
action that sees them always in a point of equilibrium, only one part of
their body touching. The choreography is directed by the artist who gives a series of (different) instructions, to which the spectator submits. (...)
Streichelzoo was performed for the first time at Art Cologne, 1998 and in 2011 on the ground floor of the V&A, London. The piece will be performed across further intervals of time... what the artist explores with this piece is not the context, but her own self, since even within a series of given elements – the instructions, the
outfit, her posture – the piece will change according to her physical and mental condition that are subject, as with us all, to time.°

°Cecilia Canziani, Cura Magazine no13, issue winter 2013

About Bettina Buck

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