• Post-War and Contemporary Art  auction at Christies

    Sale 7835

    Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Auction

    12 February 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 278

    ANDREAS SLOMINSKI (B. 1959)

    MAUSEMASSENGANG (MULTIPLE MICE CAPTURE)

    Price Realised  

    ANDREAS SLOMINSKI (B. 1959)
    MAUSEMASSENGANG (MULTIPLE MICE CAPTURE)
    PAINTED WOOD, PLASTIC AND METAL
    EACH: 25 3/8 X 13¾ X 8 3/8IN. (64 X 34 X 21CM.)
    EXECUTED IN 2004


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    THIS WORK IS ACCOMPANIED BY A CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY SIGNED BY THE ARTIST.


    'A FORMER STUDENT OF PHILOSOPHY, SLOMINSKI FIRST FIXED ON THE MOTIF (OF TRAPS) DURING HIS ART SCHOOL DAYS WHEN HE BEGAN TO COLLECT AND THEN COPY OR RECONSTRUCT VARIOUS TRAPS. HE CLAIMS THAT THE DISCOVERY OF THIS "SCULPTURALLY ENGAGING" MOTIF OFFERED HIM A VEHICLE THAT "UNITED" HIS PHILOSOPHICAL AND ARTISTIC CONCERNS. REALIZED OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS, THE TRAPS APPEAR TO BE ENTIRELY FUNCTIONAL (APART FROM A FEW CHARMINGLY IMPROBABLE DETAILS) AND, INDEED, ARE LITERALLY COCKED AND READY TO SPRING. THEY ARE DESIGNED, WE ARE TOLD, TO CATCH OR KILL SPECIFIC SPECIES - BIRDS, BUTTERFLIES, SKUNKS, SNAILS, RATS - THOUGH IT IS READILY APPARENT THAT THESE FANTASTIC CONTRAPTIONS BEAR LITTLE RESEMBLANCE TO THE TRAPS ACTUALLY MANUFACTURED TO CATCH SUCH CRITTERS. SLOMINSKI'S "REAL" PREY IS THE GAZE OF THE VIEWER - WHICH THEY INEVITABLY SNARE, ALONG WITH ATTENDANT AESTHETIC HABITS OF MIND.

    ONCE THE VIEWER GRASPS THE SLOMINSKIAN VERSION OF THE FORM-FOLLOWS-FUNCTION PRINCIPLE, THAT OLD BAUHAUS CONCEIT (NOT TO MENTION THE PURELY AESTHETIC GAZE) GROWS A BIT WEARY. ENGAGED BY THE FORMAL, SCULPTURAL ASPECT OF A SLOMINSKI TRAP, THE VIEWER'S GAZE IS LURED INTO THE DEVICE'S DANGEROUS CORE, THE "AESTHETIC" HEART OF THE WORK, A READY VICTIM THAT CAN BE COUNTED ON TO GO FOR THE BAIT' (P. FREY, "ANDREAS SLOMINSKI," ARTFORUM, NOVEMBER, 1998, P. 105).

    Special Notice

    Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.
    VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 17.5% on the buyer's premium.


    Provenance

    GALERIE NEU, BERLIN.
    ACQUIRED FROM THE ABOVE BY THE PRESENT OWNER IN 2004.