December 17, 2003–January 31, 2004
Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers are pleased to present new new sculptures, paintings, photos and a film by Sylvie Fleury in the Munich gallery.
Fleury explores fetishism and power dynamics in various socio-economic contexts. Golden car tyres (glazed ceramics) prepared as fountains appear to be products of the excessive creative ambitions of motor sport fanatics who transform car parts into household objects in order to surround themselves permanently with the object of their fetish, the car. In addition, Fleury materializes the proverbial golden cage in which women are locked up as cube-shaped sculptures, the golden rods are bent apart, we see the prison after the escape, the liberation of the woman, but in combination with the golden leather pictures, on which huge silver handcuffs are silk-screen printed, sexual practices, such as sado/masochism, are also referred to.
Fetishism is based on shifts in values and the questioning of traditional power relations; it is private and is usually lived out in secret. Fleury makes it visible where one would not have suspected it.