Pigment print on anodized aluminium, pigment print on acrylic sheeting
57.4 x 101.6 cm
Edition of 3
Courtesy of the artist and Timothy Taylor
Art and politics are present in both the heritage of Josephine Meckseper and in her conceptual work. She was raised in a former artists’ colony – founded by her great grandfather – in northern Germany by a father who was an artist and a mother who was a politician. She attended demonstrations as a child and, as a student in California in the early 1990s, she witnessed the Rodney King riots. The political dimension of the world around her ultimately became integrated into her work.
Meckseper is known for incorporating items such as everyday objects, advertisements, political and protest symbols into commercial forms of presentation such as large-scale glass cabinets, window displays and magazines; in doing so, she demonstrates the influence of consumer culture on society. One of her most audacious installations was a pair of 25-foot kinetic oil pump sculptures she erected in Times Square in reference to America’s decaying industrial past.
‘Untitled’ is reminiscent of the opening scene of Breakfast at Tiffany’s when Audrey Hepburn gazes into the window of the luxury jewellers; it may be a comment on the self-obsessed, selfie-loving, acquisitive culture which we inhabit.
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Hedge issue 48, pp70-75, December 2017