In this most recent installation "Modern Indoor Gardening", Marianne Vierĝ continues to explore the relationship between value systems, substance and form. Using and misusing an arbitrary collection of references, she establishes a performance-like alliance between the seemingly unrelated group of objects and images that constitute the installation.
A central component of the installation is a set of objects defined by traditional Japanese wood joints. Although the joints are relics of a proud tradition, Vierĝ's real interest is their resemblance to grafting cuts, which enable a branch of one plant to grow on the stem of another. In creating an object that deliberately misinterprets its own source material, Vierĝ deflects its meaning, letting the Japanese wood joints point expectantly into the space of the installation. While defeating their original function in architecture the joints regain a function as a point of entry to their own structure and binding elements for the installation as a whole.
Other agents in the installation include sheets of plywood and photographs of wet clay. In the constellation of each others' presence, these apparently matter of fact materials gain a sort of animism. Vierĝ explains: "To me each element of the installation has this dual quality, at once stating its presence at face value and as something more profound. I'm not always sure where it's headed, but it seems to me like the works are literally working it out between themselves. It's a romantic idea, but it's something I like to watch." In this way Vierĝ becomes a spectator of a process where diverse fields such as hobby art, High Modernism, craft tradition and industrially standardized forms negotiate their own relations.
Typical of Marianne Vierĝ's practice, the title "Modern Indoor Gardening" employs a similar strategy as the physical element of the show, but in linguistic form. Borrowed from the title of a gardening book the three words seem unwillingly forced into one phrase. Each word remains a protagonist of its own individual meaning, only reluctantly working together with the other words. Still, when presented in conjunction the words seem to offer insight that reaches beyond their intended reading.
In line with its ever changing nature "Modern Indoor Gardening" has been presented in a number of manifestations in Arsenale Novissimo (Venice, 2009) and Gallery Number 35 (New York 2009).
Marianne Vierĝ (Copenhagen, 1979) currently lives and works in Amsterdam, where she graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in 2005. She was a resident artist at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin in 2007 and at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in 2008 and 2009. Vierĝ's work has recently been shown at Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro in Milan, Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery in New York and Fotografisk Center in Copenhagen.