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Alexandra Bircken

New Model Army

  • Year2016
  • MaterialMannequin in metal stand, nlyon, leather, padding
  • Dimensions164 x 26 x 49 cm
  • Year of acquisition2018
  • Inventory numberUAB 1107
  • 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 Lepanto III, 2001UAB 471
Cy Twombly Lepanto III, 2001
Cy Twombly Lepanto X, 2001UAB 478
Cy Twombly Lepanto X, 2001
Andy Warhol One Dollar Bill (Front), 1962UAB 500
Andy Warhol One Dollar Bill (Front), 1962
Andy Warhol Camouflage, 1986UAB 595
Andy Warhol Camouflage, 1986
Andy Warhol Diamond Dust Shoes, 1980UAB 566
Andy Warhol Diamond Dust Shoes, 1980
Jacqueline Humphries Sampler, 2005UAB 1125
Jacqueline Humphries Sampler, 2005