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Alexandra Bircken

New Model Army

  • Year2016
  • MaterialMannequin on metal stand, nylon, leather, padding
  • Dimensions164 x 33 x 49 cm
  • Year of acquisition2018
  • Inventory numberUAB 1104
  • On viewGround floor

More about the artwork

Four headless mannequins are arranged in a rank-and-file formation. The title promises a “New Model Army,” but the figures rather resemble a rag army. Parts of used motorcycle clothing have been sewn directly onto the plastic bodies with stuffing material and silk pantyhose. Abrasions from accidents on the motorcycle gear, as well as the manual seams that hold the materials together, look like scars on this second, supposedly protective skin. Recycling used materials is a constant in Bircken’s œuvre, who worked as a fashion designer before turning to the visual arts in the early 2000s. And thus clothing and its significance to our self-concept continues to play a major role in her work. Bircken’s “army” becomes a symbol of the “damaged” yet resistant subject that does not radiate with immaculate perfection, but rather displays the traces of what it has experienced, for all to see.

Alexandra Bircken New Model Army, 2016 UAB 1104-1107

Further collection artworks

Sturtevant 1924–2014 Warhol Black Marilyn, 2004 UAB 1057
Sturtevant Warhol Black Marilyn, 2004
Albert Oehlen Easter Nudes, 1996 UAB 855
Albert Oehlen Easter Nudes, 1996
Mike Kelley Halo of Mastery, 1989 UAB 220
Mike Kelley Halo of Mastery, 1989
Andy Warhol Diamond Dust Shoes, 1980 UAB 566
Andy Warhol Diamond Dust Shoes, 1980
Andy Warhol Flowers, 1965 UAB 507
Andy Warhol Flowers, 1965
Cy Twombly Untitled (Roses), 2008 UAB 644
Cy Twombly Untitled (Roses), 2008