Asta Groting.Though seemingly static and cold, Asta Groting's sculptures actually represent organic processes. At once massive and transparent, the digestive system of a shark constructed in Murano glass Murano glass has been a famous product of the Venetian island of Murano for centuries. Located off the shore of Venice, Italy, Murano was a commercial port as far back as the 7th Century. By the 10th Century it had become a well-known city of trade. rested on the the floor. Like the glass, which was also at first a fluid substance, the digestive system, the site of an organic process of decomposition decomposition /de·com·po·si·tion/ (de-kom?pah-zish´un) the separation of compound bodies into their constituent principles.
1. , is depicted now as still and transparent. Through this glass body, material and form evoke a now-frozen stream of movement.
An enormous pink-rubber tunnel represented the throat as a transportation system. Metabolic processes Noun 1. metabolic process - the organic processes (in a cell or organism) that are necessary for life
organism, being - a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently , reproduction, and the opposition between the inside of the body and the outer world are the basis of Groting's present work. The row of leather jackets that traversed one of the galleries suggested a human spine. What is normally concealed by the skin, is, paradoxically, depicted by animal hide, normally a protective covering. In isolating and magnifying models of nature and human anatomy Human anatomy is primarily the scientific study of the morphology of the adult human body. It is subdivided into gross anatomy and microscopic anatomy. , Groting renders tarns parent what was impenetrable im·pen·e·tra·ble
1. Impossible to penetrate or enter: an impenetrable fortress.
2. Impossible to understand; incomprehensible: impenetrable jargon. . What is finally laid bare, however, is not a given set of real processes; what is depicted is organic nature as industrial fabrication fabrication (fab´rikā´shn),
n the construction or making of a restoration. .
Groting's video Eis (Ice, 1995) deals with the relationship between the body and the environment, with movement, balance, and orientation. The video features several figure-skaters performing in an empty sports arena, and a bear licking Licking, river, c.320 mi (515 km) long, rising in E Ky. and flowing NW to the Ohio River opposite Cincinnati; the North and South Forks are its chief tributaries. a pot of honey. Like the sculptures, the video emphasizes circular forms and circuits. The different motions and velocities highlight the variability and fluidity of forms. For instance, a woman wearing a tight dress and giant dishwashing gloves gropes her way backward. Another female skater whirls in dizzying pirouettes over the ice while a man slowly follows his own tracks, carving deeper and deeper into the ice to spell the word "how." Two white sculptures that resemble a giant nest or cage, which were included in the exhibition, are also steered over the ice on runners, evoking a state somewhere between security and captivity. By contrast, in Orientierungsapparat (orientation device, 1992), Groting refers, however statically and sculpturally, to the notion of (dis)equilibrium. Two giant white forms reproduce the organs of the human inner ear. Here, too, Groting is playing with the opposition between the organic and the synthetic.
Yet another video revolves not around inner organs, but around an "inner voice" that enters into a dialogue with a ventriloquist and a dummy about apparence and truth, the soul and shadow, delusion delusion, false belief based upon a misinterpretation of reality. It is not, like a hallucination, a false sensory perception, or like an illusion, a distorted perception. and reality. In these works, Groting lays bare normally isolated and concealed organisms; together, they form a model of a network of energy.