Alexandra Bircken

Selected works by Alexandra Bircken

Alexandra Bircken
Drape

2007

wood, concrete, cloth, wax, screws, wire & steel

240 x 300 x 236cm
Alexandra Bircken’s unmonumental stretcher frame sculptures are informed by her background in fashion design and interest in the radical aspects of handmade culture. A fragmentary array of irregular objects and organic shapes, often coloured by the artist, is hung and displayed on strings and aluminium rods.
Alexandra Bircken
Unit 1 (and detail)

2008

Coated aluminium, aluminium rods, polyurethane foam, fabric, wool

Frame: 140 x 220 cm Base: 80 x 185 cm
Embedded and held aloft as if on a weaver’s loom, lowly materials such as found tree trunks, slices of Styrofoam, building offcuts and thin cloth swatches (seen in Unit 1, Unit 3 and Unit 4, all 2008) are reincarnated as a new kind of artwork, twisting traditional painting and sculpture into icons of vernacular art and craft.
Alexandra Bircken
Unit 3 (and detail)

2008

Coated aluminium, copper, brass, wire, roots, stones, acrylic paint, spray paint, cardboard, mortar, branches, tomato panicle, steel, concrete, wax, oilcloth, tangerine, apple cores, screws

Frame: 220 x 140 cm Base: 185 x 80 cm
Alexandra Bircken
Unit 4 (and detail)

2008

Coated aluminium, branches, plastic tube, acrylic paint, stone slices, bread, wire, screws

Frame: 140 x 220 cm Base: 185 x 80 cm
The detritus, wool, reedy trunks and rags that find their way into Bircken’s grids are reminiscent of the temporary architectures and all-incorporating make-do of alternative communities on the margins of mainstream society. The weaving and crafting involved in her method additionally brings to mind 1960s and ’70s feminist art politics.

When shown together, her works can appear as a radical lifestyle Gesamtkunstwerk. ‘I am interested in dismantling prevailing hierarchies of value regarding these objects and materials by way of connecting them, thus putting them in a new context to each other. It’s an alternative system or cycle.’
Alexandra Bircken
Fusion

2007

Wood, painted fabric, pigmented wax

92 x 21 x 13.3cm

Other Resources

artfacts.net
Additional information and images - Alexandra Bircken

the-artists.org
Modern and contemporary artists and art - Alexandra Bircken

heraldst.com
Current exhibition, additional images and biography

gladstonegallery.com
Additional images and past exhibition information

maisonpop.net
Information on past exhibition
Le paysage miniature d’Alexandra Bircken, fait de bouts de laine et de morceaux de nature (branches, feuilles), agencé méticuleusement, se présente également comme une véritable composition. «Tricoté main», il fait appel à une dextérité manuelle proche de l’artisanat, tout en convoquant maintes références attenantes au genre du paysage. L’autre versant de l’exposition pencherait davantage du côté d’une expérience mentale, où abstraction et dépouillement se feraient écho.