Sophie Hirsch – MUSCLE BEACH
6.11. - 13.01.2019MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1010 Vienna
In the installation Muscle Beach a terrarium merges into a gym, creating an absurd system of movements in which precarious forms find stability. The title references an outdoor training ground in Los Angeles where bent metal forms invite visitors to exercise and challenge their physical boundaries.
The connection between body and sculpture be- comes clear, when the former is perceived as an architectural entity. Intersecting the body into blocks not only reveals how the body is stacked, but also how every movement is part of a chain reaction. Part of the foundation of this installa- tion is the Pilates reformer, an exercise equipment invented by Joseph Pilates. The Pilates system is based on the principle that balance exists within tension and that this tension can be maintained with ease. Muscle Beach translates this principle sculpturally, so that forms can find balance under pressure and exist in movement despite their staticity.
Sophie Hirsch (*1986 in Vienna) studied photography at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago for two years before studying sculpture at the University for Applied Arts in Vienna in the class of Erwin Wurm. In 2017 Sophie Hirsch received a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) fellowship for sculpture and was nominated for the Dagmar Chobot Sculpture Prize.
The artist has had solo exhibitions in Austria and abroad, i.e. in New York at Larrie, Pitt Street and Signal, in Italy with Sara Enrico at Gallery Doris Ghetta in Ortisei, as well as in Vienna at Projektraum Viktor Bucher. 2012 she received a BMUKK artist residency in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Sophie Hirsch lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.