Ladle

Raphaela Vogel

Information about Ladle

Title
Ladle
Artist
Raphaela Vogel
Date
2018
Material
Sculpted form: Polyurethane elastomer, coins
Dimensions
c. 90 x 30 x 15/8 cm Series of 10 unique artworks

About the artwork

Raphaela Vogel 
Ladle, 2018
Sculpted form: Polyurethane elastomer, coins
Dimensions: c. 90 x 30 x 15/8 cm Series of 10 unique artworks
Price: 1600 Euro (incl. VAT, shipping extra)

Entering Raphaela Vogel's installation A Woman's Sports Car (2018), conceived especially for Haus der Kunst, the viewer encounters the work Ladle (2018), standing at the foot of the staircase, bent on the brass railing like the hand of a supplicant. The sculpted form blends with the installation in the stairwell: merged with and made from the same material as the extensions sprouting from an old motor suspended from the ceiling, which in turn holds a pulsating birdcage from which a video radiates. The architectural ornaments seen in the video also find a formal continuity in Ladle. In both its form and materiality, the work takes up the idiosyncratically playful spatial scenario created by Vogel, while at the same time referring directly to the fixtures of Haus der Kunst. As a casting of the spherical, pompous design of the railing, the work reflects a piece of the dominant, institutional architecture of the building, while the same time interpreting it as a soft form. Turned upside down, the casting recalls the spirit of the work’s title, a bent "soup-maker". Seen together with the other works, however, the title also refers to a creative force, which in Raphaela Vogel's work is closely linked to operating in an uncertain future. Inside the ladle are coins from Thailand and China, which could symbolize Western consumption of an "exotic Asia", to which the multimedia installation upstairs also refers. The remainder - the weight to which the sculpture apparently owes its shape - acts like a memento of past journeys which no longer seem to have a use. 

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