Kirsten Ortwed (1948-), 5 x 5, 1992

© Kirsten Ortwed (1948-), 5 x 5, 1992.

In the 1970s, Kirsten Ortwed’s artistic point of departure was influenced by minimalism, which brought sculpture down from the pedestals and bases that were the last remnants of past monuments.

The sculpture's five elements

In 5 x 5, the sculpture’s five elements reach out from the wall into the space as an un-hierarchical and centre-less structure that opens itself up to the spectator’s movement in through the work. The title 5 x 5 suggests an objective, mathematical logic, but the exact nature of the matrix it supposedly refers to remains enigmatic.

Evocative and associative elements
In contrast to the anti-illusionistic sculpture of minimalism with their industrially shaped, smooth and cool surfaces, Ortwed’s sculptural installations are open to evocative and associative elements. This is not least due to the ambiguity that arises from the meeting of textures created by the constellation of materials. The soft, malleable wax, usually melted away during conventional casting processes, is left behind as delicate, fragile shapes contained within the boxes made from electroplated steel grating, both protective and transparent. The bathtub in particular creates a recognisable starting point, calling to mind a universal bodily experience.

© Kirsten Ortwed (1948-), 5 x 5, 1992.

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