Magazine article Artforum International

Asta Groting

Magazine article Artforum International

Asta Groting

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Though seemingly static and cold, Asta Groting's sculptures actually represent organic processes. At once massive and transparent, the digestive system of a shark constructed in Murano glass rested on the the floor. Like the glass, which was also at first a fluid substance, the digestive system, the site of an organic process of decomposition, is depicted now as still and transparent. Through this glass body, material and form evoke a now-frozen stream of movement.

An enormous pink-rubber tunnel represented the throat as a transportation system. Metabolic processes, reproduction, and the opposition between the inside of the body and the outer world are the basis of Groting's present work. The row of leather jackets that traversed one of the galleries suggested a human spine. What is normally concealed by the skin, is, paradoxically, depicted by animal hide, normally a protective covering. In isolating and magnifying models of nature and human anatomy, Groting renders tarns parent what was impenetrable. What is finally laid bare, however, is not a given set of real processes; what is depicted is organic nature as industrial fabrication.

Groting's video Eis (Ice, 1995) deals with the relationship between the body and the environment, with movement, balance, and orientation. The video features several figure-skaters performing in an empty sports arena, and a bear licking a pot of honey. …

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