Labor, power dynamics and moral structures are recurring themes in Catharine Czudej’s work which encompasses sculpture, installation, painting and film. Her art is characterized by its humorous approach and absurdist take on the everyday. It manifests itself in the artist’s rendered replicas of household objects that are representative of a certain sub-dermal citizenry within the USA. While the imagery and objects are celebratory of an intelligence that is not academic but physical and is operating in a culture of utility and entertainment, the materials and constructions Czudej chooses offer a place for critical examination of contemporary art in the medium as well as the society they take place in.
The works presented at Liste are a group of solid concrete plinths that have cardboard cutouts of attractive young women advertising alcoholic beverages wrapped around them, or rather amalgamated into their surfaces. Despite these contortions, the girls never loose their cheerleader-smile and alluring poses. Drunk on capital gains and designed with gleefully indifference, Czudej’s girls bend over backwards to facilitate and memorialize your pleasure.
Catharine Czudej (*1985 in Johannesburg, South Africa) lives and works in New York. Her work has been shown at the following galleries and institutions: Ginerva Gambino, Cologne (2018); Jeffrey Stark, New York (2017); Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (2016); Office Baroque, Brussels (2016/2014); Team Gallery, New York (2016); Off Vendome, New York (2016); Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich (2016); Eden Eden, Berlin (2015); Chewday’s, London (2015); Pace Gallery, London (2014); François Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles (2014); Ramiken Crucible, New York (2014/2013) et. al.