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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 0.6

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, 2016UAB 1104-1107

Further collection artworks

Jacqueline Humphries Sampler, 2005UAB 1125
Jacqueline Humphries Sampler, 2005
Cy Twombly Winter’s Passage: Luxor (Rome), 1985UAB 461
Cy Twombly Winter’s Passage: Luxor (Rome), 1985
Cy Twombly Untitled, 2003UAB 485
Cy Twombly Untitled, 2003
Andy Warhol Round Jackie, 1964UAB 512
Andy Warhol Round Jackie, 1964
Cy Twombly Untitled, 2004UAB 655
Cy Twombly Untitled
Keith Haring Untitled (Self-Portrait), 1989