Josephine Meckseper: Manhattan Oil Project is a public art project near Times Square in New York, produced by the Art Production Fund. German artist Josephine Meckseper installed two monumental kinetic sculptures at the The Last Lot project space. The sculptures are inspired by mid 20th century oil pumps. They are fully motorized to simulate the motions of a working oil pump. Formally, the sculptures refer to the large-scale kinetic sculptures of Jean Tinguely, Alexander Calder, and Mark Di Suvero.
With this work, Josephine Meckseper hopes to “draw parallels between the American industrial system, transitioning from a past of heavy industry, factories, and teamsters and the disembodied present of electronic mass-media, surface advertising, and consumerism – so clearly embodied in Times Square. The critical placement of the pumps is a conceptual gesture that raises questions about business and capital; land use and resources; wealth and decay; decadence and dependence.”
This video was shot on the occasion of the opening reception on March 5, 2012. The sculptures are on display until May 6, 2012.
Josephine Meckseper: Manhattan Oil Project. The Last Lot, 46th Street / 8th Avenue, New York City. Opening, March 5, 2012. Video by Didier Leroi.
Josephine Meckseper: Manhattan Oil Project is a public art project near Times Square in New York, produced by the Art Production Fund. In this video, the founders of Art Production Fund, Doreen Remen and Yvonne Force Villareal, explain why Meckseper has installed oil pumps in the middle of Manhattan, and provide us with an introduction to her work. The above video is an excerpt. In the full-length video after the break (15:13 min.), Doreen Remen and Yvonne Force Villareal also talk about the Art Production Fund: the basic concept, and past, current and future projects.
German artist Josephine Meckseper’s photography, videos and installations deal with the interaction between politics and glamour. In her current exhibition at the Migros Museum for contemporary art in Zürich, Switzerland, the visitor is confronted with chrome rims, oil rigs, car advertising, political statements and shop displays.
In this conversation with Sabine Trieloff, the director of the Migros Museum and curator of the exhibition, Heike Munder, talks about the political background of Josephine Meckseper’s work, the concept and the key works of the exhibition.
A centerpiece of Josephine Meckseper’s show at the Migros Museum is the installation Ten High (2007). It consists of numerous silver shop display dummies on a mirror smooth platform holding in their hands objects such as signs, bearing anti-war slogans like “No War in Iran”, “Thank a Vet” or the notorious recession signal “Going Out of Business / Sale”, a whisky bottle or a bible and other classical American “icons”. Another one is her video 0% Down. Here, Josephine Meckseper mixes promotional films for cars with an Industrial Noise Song by Boyd Rice with the text line “Do you want – total war!”.
Q.E.D. is a young gallery based in Los Angeles. The gallery is focusing on emerging artists and considers themself as a curatorial laboratory for contemporary art. Gallery owner David Quadrini shows us his booth at LA Art New York where he presented works by Josephine Meckseper (participant of the Whitney Biennial 2006), Daniel Pflumm and Wayne Gonzales. Currrent exhibition at the gallery in Los Angeles is Rowena Dring, A Place Apart and Lawrence Beck, Waterfalls (March 17 – April 12, 2006). LA Art New York, March 11, 2006. Click image or this link to watch video. Read the rest of this entry »