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Eva Grubinger

Tank Trap, 2004

Spartacus, 2007

exhibition period:

June 3 - September 26 2010

exhibition space:

OK Offenes Kulturhaus

born in 1970 in Salzburg, lives in Berlin and in Linz
www.evagrubinger.com
 


Eva Grubinger, »Tank Trap«, 2004

Stahl, Farbe / Steel, colour · 190 x 120 x 90 cm

© VBK Wien, 2010

 

Eva Grubinger, »Spartacus (Tribunes)«, 2007

Pulver-beschichteter Stahl, PVC-beschichtetes Drahtgeflecht, Dimension variabel / Powder-coated steel, PVC-coated mesh wire, dimensions variable

© VBK Wien, 2010

 
Eva Grubinger uses her sculptures, installations and photos to translate acts of social communication into formal abstraction. Committed in aesthetic terms to minimalism, her works make spatial, psychological and media-related representations of power structures visible. They avoid the putative unambiguousness of the signs cited.

Ambivalence between the concrete object and minimalist abstraction also comes to the fore in Tank Trap which indeed relates typologically to a tank trap on the one hand, while on the other it seems to obey the rules of the golden section.

Under the title Spartacus, for the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Eva Grubinger has created a three-part spatial installation for indoor and outdoor settings and a photo series that address the norm and discipline- enforcing functions of public institutions. Spartacus consists of two tribunes facing each other, an observation tower and a powerful floodlight. Black mesh wire fencing as a recurring element adds the suprematist note inherent in line, circle and square. The structures enter into different visual relationships with the observer. What appears to be a harmless urban playing field at one moment is liable to morph into a prison-like yard in the next. The title Spartacus conjures up associations of the rebellion of the Roman slave and gladiator against the ruling class. The work contributes to the discourse on today’s threat scenarios, the proliferation of surveillance and its alleged protective purpose.

(Genoveva Rückert)

 

 

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