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Rosemarie Trockel

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30 Mar 1994 to 08 Jun 1994

Guest Curator: Gregory Burke

about the exhibition

In the 1980s and 1990s, German artist Rosemarie Trockel gained an international reputation as one of Europe’s leading contemporary artists. Trockel’s work resists easy categorisation and incorporates a variety of media, from painting, drawing and video, to the confounding use of manufactured objects and knitted wool.

Trockel’s work explores aspects of contemporary life that define and limit the social and sexual identity of women. She was then best known for her ‘knitted’ paintings which used familiar symbols like the playboy bunny, the hammer and sickle, often incorporating familiar objects such as stove-tops, irons, knitted garments and balls of wool. By rearranging and re-contextualising these familiar objects in unsettling or humorous ways, Trockel resists the stereotypes they usually evoke.

This was the artist’s first major exhibition in Australia. Included were works from the early 1990s; knitted paintings of Rorschach ‘ink-blots’, stove-top pieces, multiples, videos and new works made specifically for this exhibition.

Organised by the City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand.