RE_ENACTMENT (#1, #2)
Steel, varnish, kiddie ride machine, electronic timer
180 x 150 x 150 cm each
Suddenly, the geometrical volumes at the back began to move, each in the same way. Mounted on pedestal constructions like those that customarily carry brightly-colored riding animals or other flashing and tooting vehicles to arouse small children’s desire for a rodeo ride in surroundings characterized by consumerism, the sculptures realized a performance that was exactly the same every few minutes. The Archimedian and the Platonic body, basic forms of mathematics and philosophy, exposed to ridicule? The icosahedron, for example—comprising 20 equilateral triangles, attributed to the element of water in Plato’s "Timaios" and, like everything else consisting of the amorphous substrate chṓra (the basic idea behind the atoms we have long evidenced today)—has been adopted into the canon of artistic formal language since Minimal Art at the latest. Quite literally shaking such bastions of traditional form involves some level of irony; at the same time, however, it makes clear that historically, basic types of geometrical forms return repeatedly in different contexts. That is why the chosen title of the dynamic sculptures is Re-Enactment.
Text: Ingeborg Erhart, Kunstpavillon, Innsbruck 2012
Photos: (c) Studio Kay Walkowiak