Sandra Erbacher is a German artist living and working in New Jersey and New York. She has degrees in Sociology and Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths College, London, and earned her BFA from Camberwell College of Art, London (2009) and her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2014). She is a current LMCC Workspace resident (2017-18). Her work is included in the Fidelity Investments Corporate Art Collection and numerous other private collections.
My interdisciplinary work, which includes sculpture, photography, installation, drawing, and sound, presents a critique of corporate bureaucracy. The objects and materials incorporated, such as office plants, furniture or carpeting, are typically found within the setting of the office space. In their institutional habitat, their sole purpose is to organize human activity, to maximize efficiency, maintain order and thus aid in the imposition of a hierarchical system of control.
What happens though, if said objects refuse to conform to their standard mode of operation? In my photographs and installations, objects are stripped of their original function and activated through interventions, such as shifts in scale, material transformations, and re-contextualization. Installed in space, they mimic the clean, cold, minimalist language of corporate display. In their subtle gestures of non-conformity however, they deviate from business as usual and enter the gray area between defiance and failure, transgression and pathos. Instead of promoting an efficient workflow, their disruptiveness destabilizes any belief in the authority and inevitability of an otherwise unyielding, and oppressive bureaucratic system.