Lutz Bacher, Hair, 2010.
The American artist Lutz Bacher – who has concealed her identity beneath a masculine pseudonym throughout her career – works conceptually in a range of media. A longtime resident of California who now lives in New York, the artist has based her work since the 1970s on found objects as well as texts and images pulled from the minutiae of popular culture. Soundtracks from Hollywood films, props from television shows, and unedited cell phone videos find their way into her works along with discarded objects from different spheres of consumption.
Through techniques of rearrangement, distortion, and estrangement, Bacher destabilizes the appearance and alters the impact of her materials, creating ruptures and making new constellations possible. Addressing the strong influence of the mass media on everyday social and political life, issues of identity, power structures, and violence are central aspects of her artistic practice. Now, for her exhibition at the K21, "What’s Love Got to Do With It," new and recent work by Bacher is presented on the Bel Etage and in the entrance hall of the museum.
Courtesy the artist and Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne/New York.