87. Xixi Edelsbrunner
March 1-31, 2024
The work of Xixi Edelsbrunner is made with and from many things, taken from the environment and re-located back into another environment. The objects, or at least their origin, are sometimes recognizable and stimulate our assumptions and artistic categories: are they autobiographical, surrealist, political, decorative?
The sculptures in the Proxy Gallery are cast from empty packaging forms that hold another object together in a box for the purpose of safely shipping and keeping the weight down. They are negative forms that Edelsbrunner fills with colored polyurethane resin. They broadcast their original liquidity that hardens into solidity. The positive casts she calls “monoprints.” There is only one of each, and their color varies between beige, pink brown ordark beige, the institutional color of office equipment or prosthetics.
Being cast, all of them exhibit the indexicality of photographs. In some we can see the imprint of pens or batteries while others are more mysterious and make us wonder what is missing from that solid form that has no space to contain anything anymore. It is a solid object now inside another container, the Proxy Gallery.
Another way to think of casts is to think of casting of actors in films, i.e deciding to insert a person into a role or inserting a role into a person. Edelsbrunner does this: they cast their objects into certain roles, but at the same time they cast them adrift, to inhabit different locations and dimensions.