Martina Schmuecker constantly shifts between performance and sculpture. Her performances are moments of still reflection on a sculptural image, using elements of architecture and furniture as props as well as playing with well-known images from art history. Her performance work to date, has included a construction of the ‘back’ of the painting The pleasure principle by Rene Magritte performed by her German gallerist, the staging of a fight for two hands in Colorfight and Auszeit, an orange box with long legs patiently waiting on a public square in London.
Martina Schmuecker lives and works in London & Berlin. Recent exhibitions include ‘All is not Lost’ at CGP in London, the audio play Feedback Room, shown during a residency at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, 2010, Visual Mechanics, Malta Contemporary, Valletta, 2009; The Problem of Error, Gallery Sassa Truelzsch, Berlin, 2008; Contained, Hiscox Art Projects, London 2007 and New Contemporaries, London, 2005.
Geneva University of Art and Design, 2011
Lab- Zone Off Site, Out of Site workshops and lectures with Spartacus Chetwynd
Portrait of Space (Symposium), Dublin, 2011 Presentation/talk with Niamh McCann, Andrea Phillips
Life after Art School, RCA, London 2011 Panel discussion with Kenny Schachter, Kit Grover, Charlotte Schepke, Richard Wentworth
The Trouble with Sculpture, ICA London, 2011 Panel discussion with Haroun Mirza, Nathaniel Mellors, Keith Wilson and Sacha Craddock
Royal Academy Schools, London 2011 Visiting artist
Unprofessional Transactions RCA sculpture department, London 2010 Talk on professional practice with Michelle Deignan