EVA GRUBINGER. SPARTACUS
Eva Grubinger, who was born in Salzburg in 1970 and now lives in Berlin, creates expansive installations that address issues of power, powerlessness and the role of the viewer. Her most recent installations are abstract formal reflections on complex social communication. A prime example here is “Dark Matter”, a huge headset that lies on the floor and out of which diffuse, electronic sounds emanate; next to it, shrunk to a human scale, are a nuclear reactor, a cooling tower, an office high-rise and a control tower. The objects’ black, opaque surface imbues them with an uncanny touch; they are both appealing and repellant. In their entirety, the piece reads like a manifestation of political and economic power, the mechanisms of which seem truly tangible thanks to this dense allegory. Eva Grubinger will create a new installation for Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt.
The often expansive installations of Eva Grubinger treat power and impotence and the role of the observer. Her most recent installations are formal abstractions of complex forms of social communication. In its totality, the work reads like a manifestation of political and economic power whose mechanisms become almost tangible by means of allegorical compression.