German artist Rosemarie Trockel has confronted the historically patriarchal art system throughout her career. In borrowing materials native to domestic life and re-contextualizing them within the artistic realm, her work often elicits questions about a body’s relationship to industrial society. Trockel is most commonly associated with her “knitting pictures” in which the artist employed machines to knit recognizable logos or motifs, then stretched these onto frames. The current installation of Trockel’s work at is composed of ceramic sculptures and mixed-media collages. In walking through the space, one feels both familiar with and alienated by the work. Trockel’s art is resistant to easy interpretation or categorization. Those familiar with Trockel’s oeuvre will recognize the heterogeneousness and apparent contradictions that characterize her art, while the rest of us will be initiated into Trockel’s world of restless associations and enigmatic yet compelling work. (Kristin Brockman)
Through April 30 at Donald Young Gallery, 933 W. Washington.