WHY DON’T YOU (TWOXTWO)
aluminum ring, modrock, jesmonite, fibreglass, paint, and lacquer
45 1/4 x 45 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches
In her sculptures and installations, Irish artist Eva Rothschild reworks the geometry and vocabulary established by Minimalism and Post-Minimalism. A playful color palette and a human touch exist in much of her work, seen here in Why Don’t You (TwoxTwo). Though at first the work appears to be a solid, industrial ring, closer inspection reveals it to be soft and mottled. The handmade surface and irregular stripe pattern shift the work away from the mechanical world into an emotional or psychological terrain. Born in Dublin in 1972, Rothschild received her degrees from the University of Belfast and Goldsmith’s College, London. Solo exhibitions have been organized by the Tate Britain; Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin; and the Kunsthalle Zurich, and her work was also seen in the 2007 Un-Monumental exhibition at The New Museum, New York, and the 2004 Carnegie International, Pittsburgh. For the Public Art Fund in New York, Rothschild created Empire, a steel archway painted with brightly colored stripes that functioned as an entryway to Central Park. Her work is included in the collections of the Tate Gallery, London; the Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh; and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, among others. Rothschild’s work is included in the Art Program at Cowboys Stadium, and Sightings: Eva Rothschild will be on view this year at the Nasher Sculpture Center October 2012 – January 2013.
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courtesy of the artist, stuart shave modern art, london; the modern institute, glasgow; galerie eva presenhuber, zurich; and 303 gallery, new york