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MARIELLA MOSLER: MIMKRY MIT ORNAMENT (Miriella Mosler: Mimicry with Ornament). Nicole Fritz et al. Distanz Verlag, Berlin, 2015. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Die Gestalten Verlag, Berlin, through Prestel Publishing, New York. 264 pp. with 180 ills. (151 col.). 31 x 24 cm. ISBN 9783954761180 Bilingual in English and German.
Publisher's description: The art of Mariella Mosler (b. 1962, lives and works in Hamburg) operates on the boundary between autonomous sculpture and site-specific interior ornamentation. She deftly quotes from a wide array of visual idioms ranging from baroque decorum to the airbrushed aesthetic of pop art, from primitivism to the paradigms of modernism. Mosler manufactures arabesques out of fruit gum; ties human hair in intricately shaped knots; pours sand to make reliefs; or creates floor mosaics out of hundreds of pounds of nonpareils. She plays with the ornamental appeal of surfaces and employs highly unusual materials that are familiar from other contexts but now seem strange. The banal suddenly strikes us as exquisite, and apparently chaotic shapes reveal a distinctive order. The creative process is no less important to Mosler than the architectural and situation-specific construction of her wall and floor pictures. The viewer cannot be in doubt about the amount of labor it took to complete one of her huge pieces, which have repeatedly prompted remarks about the artist's "wasteful use of her time." One group of works, however, avoid this association: her masks, fantastic objects made out of cardboard, fur, coir, synthetic materials, or bubble wrap whose hollow eyes lend them a timelessly otherworldly appearance.
Artist(s):Mosler, Mariella
Indexing: Western, Europe — Germany — Post-2000 — Sculpture — Women Artists
Plans: 74
Worldwide Number: 173632
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