THE TALENT // BETTINA POUSTTCHI
We can think of a few ways to introduce you to Bettina Pousttchi. She's a renaissance woman. A one-woman art museum. Crazy talented. All of these are accurate, but none captures how truly impressive her career as an artist has been thus far. Let us elaborate.
The Berlin-based Pousttchi has gained recognition in the arts in multiple different media, and currently has exhibitions of her photography, sculpture and ceramics on display at major art museums in D.C. and Berlin. She’s studied at the Whitney Independent Studio Program, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Universities of Cologne and Bochum, and the Université de Paris VIII, and is a member of the art-world renowned think tank of smart/cool kids, Brutally Early Club.
Pousttchi's "World Time Clock" series
It’s a hard call to decide which discipline she’s most talented in, but it’s safe to say she applies the same level of boundary-pushing to every medium she works in.
Her sculpture is largely made out of public crowd barriers and security glass.
A display of her ceramics at the Buchman Galerie
Her World Time Clock photography series, currently on display at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C, is a collection of photos showing clocks in twenty-four different time zones, all taken at five minutes to two. It’s meant to both reflect on the concept of time, as well as to showcase the reaching effects of colonization the impact of global superpower culture on the rest of the world, by, for example, the design impact that London’s Big Ben has on clocks in far-flung places like Mumbai.
"The City" in progress.
Perhaps Pousttchi’s most unique works, however, are her photographic installations of building site photography that she installs onto building facades. Among her most famous is "The City," a 2014 transformation of the exterior of a castle in North Germany into a faux-skyline comprised of a 2,150 square-meter image of 10 of the world’s tallest buildings. She also did another building installation that year, in which she transformed a Texas gallery into a drive-through art museum.
"The City" finalized.
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