josefina posch at liquid blue
Post #484 • March 2, 2005, 6:57 AM • 21 Comments
Stay in this art criticism business long enough, and the day will come that you have to give a negative review to someone you like just fine as a person, and too bad for you.
The sculptures of Josefina Posch, currently on display at Liquid Blue, evince a coldness of execution beyond her whitewashed surfaces. She flogs a metaphor likening semen and milk, while riffing on the various methods of extracting and transporting both. Tubing, little sucking mouths, rubber gloves, and baby bottle nipples are prominent throughout her works. Some kind of extended comment is being made on the primal nature of consumerism, but to no convincing end, alas.
A video work shows Posch's mental way of working - a stripper practicing her craft, played fast-motion and in reverse next to a foggy view of a lake, is meant to illustrate Kierkegaard's model of the personality as layered like an onion. Even after Posch was kind enough to explain this to me, it still didn't work. The stripper's perfunctory performance didn't convey any urgency, philosophical or otherwise, but unfortunately characterized much of the work in the show. Posch's best piece was a room-sized installation of nippled sacks hanging from tubes, which indicates a need for greater ambitions. I believe that Gigeresque levels of intricacy and violation are called for.
Photos courtesy the artist.