Bicycle 1 And 2
  • Bicycle 1 and 2

     

    “Bicycle 1 and Bicycle 2”

    l digital photograph 93 x 76 cm.

    1 bicycle sculpture 165 x 186 cm.

    1 Corinthian column 175 x 30 cm.

    2011

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Issues related to the copy or replicate have been important to artists throughout the history of art. Walter Benjamin wrote that the twentieth century forms of mass reproduction, printing, photography, and cinema, reflected his wider interest in new cultural forms.  In his opinion, technical reproduction puts the copy into place/time situations closed to the original.  The technical reproduction by detaching the reproduced object from the domain of tradition removes its ‘aura’.  By making reproductions, plurality substitutes for a unique existence.  Mechanical reproduction frees the work of art from its dependence on ritual and makes the base political.  Since from a photographic negative any number of prints can be made, Benjamin proposed that asking for the ‘authentic’ print makes no sense. 

     

    While walking in Hamburg, I photographed an anonymous sculpture arranged in the window of a deserted building.  For this exhibition, I used this photograph as a prototype.   Together with a bicycle repairman, I selected bicycle parts and commissioned him to make a sculpture similar to the one in the photograph.  Together with a local plaster cast maker I selected and commissioned the construction of a similar Corinthian column.  Can we pinpoint the thin line that separates reproduction of an object from using it as inspiration to make something new? We are living in an era where anything including a human being can be cloned.