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Sofie Thorsen
Spielplastik/Play Sculpture

Sofie  Thorsen 3x4 Front Cropped

Verlag für moderne Kunst and Collectors Agenda present this limited edition by Sofie Thorsen, in light of her monographic publication “Spielplastiken/Play Sculptures“, which will be released in autumn.

€900.00

  • Medium

    Folded Inkjet print on hand-made paper

  • Dimensions

    30 x 42 cm (12 x 16,5 Inch)

  • Edition

    20

  • Frame

    Black, wooden frame

  • Price

    As is traditional in edition publishing, prices will rise as an edition starts to sell out.

  • Info

    Each of this works is unique, signed and numbered.

About the product

So-called sculptural structures, originally designed by artists as playgrounds for children, have played an important role in the discussion about architecture and urbanism.These playground frames prevailed throughout the post-war era. Typically, local artists were commissioned for their conceptual creation.

Departing from Scandinavia and the Netherlands, ideas of their design spread to other countries and developed into experimental “environmental playgrounds“, which put the creative forces of play into a new perspective.

In Vienna, with the so-called “Kunst am Bau“ programme, an important initiative was launched to complement Vienna’s extensive communal residential building program me.By way of their abstract vocabulary of form and colour, play structures induced a kind of utopic momentum into the architectural tristesse of the reconstruction period. Many Viennese artists became inspired by international examples, including Josef Seebacher-Konzut and Josef Schagerl, who were able to realize many of their concepts.

Starting with photographic footage of these works – most of which have disappeared from the urban environment in the meantime – Sofie Thorsen explores, since 2010, the almost forgotten typology of the play structure in her series of work. In her work, Thorsen reflects on the specific intersection of architecture with abstract sculpture, aesthetics and function combined with art and play. In drawings and installations she investigates the symbolism of her photographs and sculptures. Through amplification and cut-out techniques they regain their former presence as room-filling collages.

The featured edition is based on a climbing frame of Josef Seebacher-Konzut. The folding distorts the original shape of the cut-out, creating a rudimentary three-dimensionality whilst inviting to an interplay between picture and surface.

Verlag für moderne Kunst and Collectors Agenda present this limited edition by Sofie Thorsen, in light of her monographic publication “Spielplastiken/Play Sculptures“, which will be released in autumn.