Isa Genzken

Ellipsoids, lacquered wood, 1980. Installation View, details. Retrospective, MCA Chicago, 2014 ©Isa Genzken

“…my ‘Ellipsoids’ they look like minimalism, but in the end there is a lot going on there”

“Each one of those [‘Ellipsoids’] took at least three months [each]. I was starting those, when I was still at the Düsseldorf Academy. There was a very nice man in the workshop there who was very helpful in the process of making them.

And they were extremely complicated – to get the shape right and everything. I mean one could get them sent to a factory, and have them produced according to these computer drawings.

Once I tried to have one fabricated in this way, but when it came back there was nothing there somehow. It was not like the ones that were made in the workshop”

Isa Genzken

Bad Oldesloe, Germania, 1948