Charlotte Posenenske

Work in Progress

Charlotte Posenenske . Work in Progress (1)

Photos: Bill Jacobson Studio © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris . + mousse magazine

Following her art school training, Posenenske worked as a costume and set designer for regional theaters in Lübeck and Darmstadt between 1952 and 1955. This early exposure to the collaborative enactment of creative projects, as well as the transformative capacity of objects and environments to transcend the conditions of everyday life, if only fleetingly, was formative. The experience of theater demonstrated how works of art can create spaces of play. Though she quickly moved away from the concerns of the stage, questions of play—its form and social function—run through her artistic practice, informing her early experimental approach to mark making, her interest in the optical effects of color, and her interactive sculptures. When she introduced Series D to an audience for the first time, she released gamelike instructions for how to manipulate the elements and encouraged people to “Have Fun!” in the process.