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Tishan Hsu

Cordless

  • MaterialSilkscreen on canvas
  • Dimensions180 x 180 cm
  • On viewBasement floor
  • CopyrightTishan Hsu, Cordless, 1989 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022. Foto: Axel Schneider, Frankfurt am Main

More about the artwork

In Tishan Hsu’s silkscreen “Cordless,” gearshift devices, copied from a BMW advertising brochure, alternate with suggestions of fleshy orifices and bodily details. The merging of the organic and the technological has defined the work of the Chinese-American artist since the early 1980s. During his architectural studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Hsu was confronted at quite an early stage with the then unforeseeable significance of computers and digitalization. His three-dimensional works also reveal his interest in the effects of information and medical technologies on our understanding of the body. The large sculpture “Transfusion” appears as if a body has fused with a dark brown, tiled object on wheels. The artwork’s clinical surface, reminiscent of office furniture and operating rooms, stands in stark contrast to its interior: the light pink color and materiality of therubber call to mind burst innards. In this way, the work brings physicality back into technological systems (and institutions).

Further collection artworks

Cy Twombly, Rotalla, 1986/1990, UAB 463aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Rotalla, 1986/1990
Cy Twombly, Untitled, 2004, UAB 655aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled
Cy Twombly , Lepanto V, 2001, UAB 473Lepanto Zyklus aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Lepanto V, 2001
Cy Twombly, Untitled (Gaeta), 1993, UAB 468aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (Gaeta), 1993
Cy Twombly, Untitled (Rome), 1953/1989, UAB 434aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (Rome), 1953/1989