Sunday, May 23, 2010

Gerda Steiner and Jorg Lenzlinger

Gerda Steiner's and Jörg Lenzlinger's work deals with an adaptation of nature through synthesis. The Swiss artists' currency is a Hegelian dialectic that gets an empirical flip sideways with the use of objects such as taxidermied animals and insects, glistening ponds of motor oil, dead trees and plants, and flowing streams of chemicals. Their work deals frankly with the unity of opposites such as life and death, good and evil, and hope and despair. It's an existential see-saw ride that lends beauty to almost anything. - Steve Peralta