Claudia Weber

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The Inquisitive Stage, 2011

Mixed media, Dimensions Variable

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'The Inquisitive Stage' is a sculptural arrangement that is currently installed in my New York studio, a transformational agglomeration that forms an ongoing project with an unkown ending. Inspiration for this work came from Andre Breton's wall - a complex, cluttered arrangement in his apartment that featured just a fraction of his extensive collection of artworks and intriguing objects. Impressed by Breton's specific point of view and the personalized way he selected and arranged his treasures, I desired to create a similar arrangement on my own terms, utilizing banal materials in place of unique, aesthetic, or sentimental possessions. Just as Breton's wall was more than an abstract, formal configuration, I view my own evolving bricolage as an experimental platform that encourages potential poetic as well as political readings of assorted scraps of material - ranging from the bottom of a container of chocolates to a chip from a granite countertop. Furthermore, in adding to, removing from, and altering the set-up, I reflect upon different strategies of collection and presentation, issues that extend to the documentary photographs that permanently preserve the otherwise temporary and mutable conditions of the sculpture, in both its macro- and microcosms.

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