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Alexandra Bircken

New Model Army

  • Year2016
  • MaterialMannequin on metal stand, nylon, leather, padding
  • Dimensions164 x 26 x 49 cm
  • Year of acquisition2018
  • Inventory numberUAB 1106
  • 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, 2016UAB 1104-1107

Further collection artworks

Cy Twombly Untitled (Rome), 1957UAB 437
Cy Twombly Untitled (Rome), 1957
Andy Warhol Ladies and Gentlemen, 1975UAB 538
Andy Warhol Ladies and Gentlemen, 1975
Cy Twombly Untitled (Rome), 1953/1989UAB 434
Cy Twombly Untitled (Rome), 1953/1989
Seth PriceVintage BomberUAB 1219
Seth Price Vintage Bomber, 2006
Cy Twombly Untitled, 1958UAB 440
Cy Twombly Untitled, 1958
Richard Avedon Andy Warhol and members of The Factory: Eric Emerson, actor; Jay Johnson, actor; Tom Hompertz, actor; Gerard Malanga, poet, New York, October 25, 1969, 1993UAB 815
Richard Avedon Andy Warhol and members of The Factory: Eric Emerson, actor; Jay Johnson, actor; Tom Hompertz, actor; Gerard Malanga, poet, New York, October 25, 1969, 1993