Mika Rottenberg, ‘Bubble 1- Bubble 6, For Parkett 98’, 2016, Parkett

Six videos, each video version Ed. 6 / 2 APs

Signature: signed and numbered certificate

Image rights: ©Parkett Publishers and the artist

Parkett 98 features 3 in-depth texts on Mika Rottenberg. See also Parkett's catalogue raisonné for full documentation of the work

About Mika Rottenberg

Mika Rottenberg creates elaborate and imaginative video installations as vehicles to explore ideas of class, labor, gender, and value. The artist, who above all considers herself a sculptor, often begins a project by seeking out female performers noted for their unusual physical characteristics, such as bodybuilders. She then builds elaborate sets as “costumes” for the performers—which in turn become the theater where the audience experiences the video. Inspired by her first encounters with infomercials after moving to New York as a teenager, as well as the idea of “finding little solutions for things that are not necessarily a problem,” her characters engage in absurd acts of labor involving Rube Goldberg-like assembly line contraptions, milking hair to make cheese or grinding acrylic fingernails into maraschino cherries—often exerting much more effort along the way than the final product is worth.

Argentinean-Israeli, b. 1976, Buenos Aires, Argentina, based in New York, New York