Alexandra Bricken, view of installation at Museum Boijamns Van Beuningen, 2014.

Alexandra Bircken


Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Alexandra Bircken’s recent exhibition, which was installed in conjunction with the Boijmans Van Beuningen’s headline show “Brancusi, Rosso, Man Ray—Framing Sculpture,” featured more than 40 sculptural works produced since 2004. Bircken is becoming increasingly known for her assemblages of diverse materials and everyday objects. Her works offer various contrasts, sometimes appearing handcrafted, other times industrially produced, and they thrive on ambiguity. Rather than dictating meaning, Bircken prefers to give viewers a visual framework to generate their own interpretations. Beinahe (Almost, 2010) was perhaps the most intellectually intriguing work in the exhibition. This strange assemblage combines a wax base, an artificial human leg, pantyhose, and a wooden branch with a miniature wooden house overturned and placed atop. In this figural structure …see the entire review in the print version of May’s Sculpture magazine.