14 January 2011
Well I'm looking forward to seeing the Katarina Fritsch piece on the 4th plinth in Trafalgar Square. I first saw her work when I was working at the Southbank Centre on the Doubletake exhibition at the Hayward, back in the late 80's- early 90's. She had a solo exhibition at the Dia in NY when I was living there in 93 or so. I bought a postcard of the Rattenkonig piece above, and have it still in my studio. Recently my little boy showed me a picture of a real rattenkonig in his Guinness book of records - quite disturbing. It's when a group of young rats get their tails tangled together and by pulling they tighten the central knot and all starve to death in a ring. It has a grisly fascination. Katarina Fritsch's sculpture is oddly sterile with identical resin or polypropelene rats who tower over the viewers with their tails in the middle.