Artwork details

Title
Untitled (Rolls Royce Adaptives)
Date
2007
Medium
Epoxy, resin
Dimensions
Artist
Franz West

Early in his career, the Austrian artist Franz West, distanced himself from the traditional passive relationship between artwork and viewer. The two works displayed in this exhibition, represents important aspects of his artistic production; both interaction and communication. The work Model (Alraune) demonstrates his use of simple material such as Papier-mache, acrylic paint, cardboard, wood and wine cases. The abstract object in the middle, alludes to the story of the mandrake root, dating back to the Middles Ages in Germany. According to the legend, the magic herb was alive, cried when it was drawn up and was used as an amulet. It was particularly valuable because it was associated with a variety of superstitious practices.

The car can be seen as an extension of the small, portable sculptures, so-called "adaptive" or "Paßstücke", he started to produce in the 1970s. The sculptures are completed only when the viewer interacts with them by holding, carrying or performing. The car, Rolls Royce Adaptives, displays one of these miniature sculptures. In total, there are six miniature sculptures in different sizes and colors, to be used as hood-ornaments. However, here the viewer does not replace the “adaptives”, but rather it is the viewers experience of the car that is in focus – how it changes character by replacing the hood-ornament.

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