There Will Be No Winner's Hair
2019
screenprint with ink and silver dust
on Somerset Satin 300gsm
179 x 275mm unframed
edition of 8
Words the shape of you
2019
screenprint with ink and silver dust
on Somerset Satin 300gsm
179 x 275mm unframed
edition of 8
Just Jokes Juicer
2019
screenprint with ink and silver dust
on Somerset Satin 300gsm
179 x 275mm unframed
edition of 8
Inevitably Legs
2019
screenprint with ink and silver dust
on Somerset Satin 300gsm
179 x 275mm unframed
edition of 8
Flat-packed Fact
2019
screenprint with ink and silver dust
on Somerset Satin 300gsm
179 x 275mm unframed
edition of 8
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Knock Knock

2019

Screenprint and embossment


Knock Knock is a series conceived as retrospective visual ripostes to “just jokes”, reflecting on the origins and effects of this type of humour. Monochromatic, structural, and static the works are imbued with the struggle to articulate adequate responses. Flatness is given form through coalescing slices of image, material and process – mirroring a translation from media to lived experience. The underlying question moves from one of intention to one of contagion – how, when, and why does something become aware that is has unwittingly become something else?

These works were constructed by superimposing silhouettes of unrecognisable body parts (and bodily references) belonging to female politicians and artists, such as a hair-do or a lower leg, on three-dimensional geometric shapes to create low-tech drawings. The source images were extracted from news media and other digital sources and depict Helen Clark – former front-runner to be the next Head of the United Nations (2016), Head of the United Nations Development Program (2009-2017), Prime Minister of New Zealand (1999-2008), and person with hair; EF and LB – artists with common body parts; Priscilla Finkenauer – home-baker (1966-ongoing) juicing a lemon to bake a Lemon Yoghurt Cake; Nicola Sturgeon – First Minister of Scotland (2014-ongoing), leader of the Scottish National Party (2014-ongoing), and person with legs (as observed in the 2017 Daily Mail article, “Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it”); and Eva Hesse’s Accession II – a lidless box made of aluminium mesh perforated by 29,000 holes and penetrated into its interior by thousands of tubes.

Storage box for articulate responses
2019
embossment and screenprint
with ink and silver dust
on Somerset Satin 300gsm
280 x 320mm unframed
edition of 8
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Practice Your Bemused and Dismissive Reaction
2019
Screenprint on true-grain, mount board, glass, oak
235 x 240 x 45mm
1/1
Pretend You Don't Get It and Make Them Explain
2019
Perspex, beech, aluminium
195 x 227 x 93mm
1/1
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Elke Finkenauer is a visual artist of New Zealand and German descent, living and working in Glasgow and Auckland

© 2020 by Elke Finkenauer

Just Jokes Juicer

2019 screenprint with ink and silver dust on Somerset Satin 300gsm 179 x 275mm unframed edition of 8