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Cosima von Bonin, "THE PETITE MISS RILEY" (2007)

Cosima von Bonin


In her space-consuming installations Cologne-based artist Cosima von Bonin combines familiar motifs, yet they oftentimes appear to have lost their common proportions. Alongside her “classic” giant mushrooms and large-scale fabric pictures, oversize animal objects and accessible architectural elements belong to the artist’s well-known aesthetic scenario. The materiality and formal vocabulary of von Bonin’s works result from references to fashion and music culture as well as to pop and art history. Her elaborately arranged and choreographed performances emerge form the collaboration of an illustrious company of befriended artists, critics and musicians.For TEXTE ZUR KUNST von Bonin, whose contribu-tion to documenta 12 is eagerly awaited, has in miniature gone back to the motif of a skyrocket that already surfaced in her 2002 exhibition “Fondorientierte Ausstattung” in Graz in guise of a large-scale sculpture. By means of a radiant orange varnish applied to the head and airfoils of the unmanned flying object, she turns an item commonly associated with potency and threat into something playful – a “must have” for fans!

For TEXTE ZUR KUNST Cosima von Bonin has designed a “table skyrocket” entitled THE PETITE MISS RILEY / 2007. The object was made from polyvinyl chloride and polypropylene and is varnished by hand with alkyd resin. It measures 51 cm in height and 4 cm (rocket head) to 10 cm (airfoils) breadthways, respectively. Cosima von Bonin would like to express her most cordial thanks to Saygel & Schreiber. The work comes in an edition of 40 + 10 APs with a signed and numbered certificate. It costs 1800,– euros plus shipping.