Bettina Buck Shuffles through a Museum and Smashes Art-Historical Narratives
Bettina Buck works with assemblage, collage and reconfigurations of existing, mundane, often found materials; regularly reclaiming industrial or industrially produced components. Materials and objects with traces of an alternative history and existence are selected, re-imagined and combined to explore the limits of form, question notions of perception and re-interpret sculptural techniques and their art historical lineage. Buck's quasi-sculptural practice is often both performative and durational, whilst asking for the viewers physical, imaginative and conceptual involvement. The twelve bronzes that make up the series of twelve Swellings are cast from expanding foam (12 being the number of units that you buy the foam within).
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