Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited with afterword by Claire Le Restif, Kathleen Rahn, Susanne Titz. Text by Thomas Brinkmann, Michael Stoeber. Interviews by Claire Le Restif, Kathleen Rahn, Susanne Titz, Friedrich Wolfram Heubach.
Stretch is a comprehensive retrospective on the German sculptor Alexandra Bircken (born 1967), showing both early and new pieces. Her multilayered, meticulously constructed sculptures explore skin as covering, as an organ and a cellular structure, using plaster models, waxes, mannequin fragments and clothing.
Published by Walther König. Text by Anna Grande, Florian Forestbild.
Alexandra Bircken's sculptures and installations consist of knitted-together bits of wood, branches, stone, metal, dried plants and leather. Her interest in the preciousness and abjection of fashion and flower arrangement synthesizes a homely, therapeutic, arts-and-crafts aesthetic to create amuletlike objects that border on the spiritual, if not the occult.