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Shortage of Water

Shortage of Water, 2015 - Rosemarie Trockel

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about this work

Rosemarie Trockel’s edition for Whitechapel Gallery, Shortage of Water, 2015 depicts the Whitechapel Gallery’s Director Iwona Blazwick. This is the latest in a series of portraits where the artist has incorporated a photograph from the subjects’ personal archive, taken between the ages of sixteen and twenty-two. The artist has then appropriated the image with a subversion and lightness of touch, with which Trockel often treats the 'sitters' of her portraits.

about Rosemarie Trockel

For over 30 years, Rosemarie Trockel has consistently resisted a signature style and her practice ranges from works on paper, ‘knitted paintings’ and sculptures to performance. Though it is difficult to associate a particular style with her work, several concurrent themes can be identified within her oeuvre, such as sexuality, the place of craft and mechanization in art, as well as her fascination with ethnographic and scientific studies.

Trockel has become best known for her machine-generated ‘knitted paintings’ – knitted woolen material placed on a stretcher – in which she challenges traditional notions of painting, feminine roles in society and culture at large, as well as art making itself. Additionally, her incorporation of references to popular culture through logos or symbols and sometimes text is yet another way to comment on the commodification of art and on the subjectivity of language and visual representation.

Rosemarie Trockel has had solo exhibitions including Aspen Art Museum, CO; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; New Museum, New York; Serpentine Gallery, London; Museion, Bolzano and Wiels Centre d’Art Contemporain, Brussels. Her work was also featured in several group exhibitions at international art manifestations including Tea Party Pavilion, at dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel.

Rosemarie Trockel is represented by the following galleries;
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Gladstone Gallery, Brussels / New York 


Sprüth Magers, Berlin / London / Los Angeles 

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