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Alexandra Bircken

New Model Army

  • Year2016
  • MaterialMannequin on metal stand, nylon, leather, padding
  • Dimensions164 x 24 x 49 cm
  • Year of acquisition2018
  • Inventory numberUAB 1105
  • 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

Cy Twombly Lepanto IX, 2001UAB 477
Cy Twombly Lepanto IX, 2001
Cy Twombly Celtic Boat (Gaeta), 1994
Cy Twombly Untitled (Lexington), 2003UAB 656
Cy Twombly Untitled (Lexington), 2003
Andy Warhol                                                                                           Triple Elvis, 1963UAB 505
Andy Warhol Triple Elvis, 1963
Josh SmithOhne TitelUAB 1147 1I15-15I15
Josh Smith Ohne Titel, 2012
Cy Twombly Untitled (Lexington), 2001UAB 654
Cy Twombly Untitled (Lexington), 2001