Barbara Kruger Creates Masterful Room Wraps And Delves Into Alternate Reality in Berlin
We just spent a week in Berlin, and with art fairs, book fairs, and the opening of the Urban Nation Museum, one of the great influencers of contemporary art, Barbara Kruger, remains the pillar of exciting installation art.
Kruger (Juxtapoz cover artist, November 2010) has long been creating immersive, text-based, room-filled installation works that question social hierarchies and corporate slogans. For her new show at Sprüth Magers in Berlin, Forever, Kruger has wrapped the gallery's four walls with massive black and white text. As the gallery notes, "Their boldly designed textual statements on the nature of truth, power, belief and doubt embody the distinctive visual language that Kruger has developed over the course of her forty-year career." The installation, though, is unsettling, as the text is warped and blurred in places, but with major phrases like, YOU. and I WIN. YOU LOSE. YOU WIN. I LOSE standing out as clear statements. There is a sense, as the world's political climate seems to be growing more and more uneasy in almost every region, these proclamations are both empowering and disheartening.
Of course, with powerful statements on feminine power and observations focused on advertisement culture, Kruger asserts one of the most powerful lines in modern literature from George Orwell: "If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face, forever." Maybe it's time to revisit this sentiment.
Barbara Kruger's Forever will be on display in Berlin through December 22, 2017.