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Born: 1963, Hildesheim, Germany
Lives and Works: Berlin
Manfred Pernice recycles humble construction materials, such as particleboard, concrete, steel, and cardboard, from the built environment and reconfigures them into open-ended sculptural propositions. His cylindrical sculptures or self-described "cans" and rough-edged movable containers, for example, evoke abstracted interpretations of furniture or buildings stripped of their function. Pernice's objects and installations, as in "deja vue 12" (2008), suggest invented architectonic forms yet retain traces of their past use or associations. Conceptually, his objects refer to neutral, commodified, and often overlooked sites from our surroundings: spaces through which people pass, transport containers, and places of rest or transition, Sited in a nontraditional and public location--under a museum staircase--and exhibiting the artist's characteristic architecturally "raw" aesthetic, the installation poses a series of indecipherable but provocative questions concerning history, time, and space.