Were I Made of Matter, I Would Color
Sabine F olie & Ilse Lafer (Eds.)
In her contributing essay to this substantial and beautifully illustrated retrospective catalog, German artist Ulrike Grossarth states that the title—Were I Made of Matter, I Would Color—proposes a counter-model to the Descartian formula “I think therefore I am,” a position she sees as existing in a state of incompleteness between consciousness and disembodiment. Sketches, objects and installations draw connections between her early years as a dancer in the 1970s and 1980s, her sculptural settings and action/performance pieces along with her recent works focusing on the relationship of the subject to the material realm in history. The artist’s “actions” from 1978 to 1987, which followed her critical engagement with modern dance, are discussed by art historian/gallerist Rainer Borgemeister. Essays by cultural theorist Mieke Bal, art historian Michael Glasmeier and scholar Elliot R. Wolfson discuss Grossarth’s practice in relation to history, the body, and polymorphism.
Exhibition catalog / Hardcover / 7 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches
352 pp / 172 b&w and 79 color
Retail Price: $50.00
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