Astrid Busch’s work enters into a dialogue with concrete space, expanding it toward fictional realms, and thereby opens the space for new narratives to emerge. Investigating irritations in perception and exploring the contrasts between light and darkness, functional and dysfunctional storytelling, play and reality, her art pries at the minimal fissures between binaries: the split seconds of doubt and uncertainty, interspersed with cautious recognition and understanding.
Busch creates site-specific installations consisting of wall-sized photographs, various materials both found and fabricated, and video objects. Drawing upon the atmosphere of the particular surroundings, her installations play upon the ambiguity between a space’s abiding potential and its lost possibilities. Thus, these ostensibly narrative spaces are ultimately transformed by their narrative emptiness into spaces for thought.
Astrid Busch currently lives and works in New York on a 1 year Studio Stipend by the Federal State of Berlin in partnership with Triangle Arts Association. She began her academic career at Akademie der bildenden Künste in Nürnberg and completed her MFA in Fine Arts at Kunsthochschule Berlin Weissensee in 2003. Her work has been seen in solo shows at Deutsches Haus at NYU, New York; Delikatessenhaus Leipzig; Kunstverein Apex pro Art Göttingen and Galerie Alexandra Saheb Berlin. Selected group shows include Standpoint Gallery London; Stedefreund Berlin; Kunsthaus Erfurt; Kunsthaus Nürnberg; CGP London; Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart; Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien Berlin; Museum für angewandte Kunst Gera and Albrecht Dürer Gesellschaft Nürnberg among others. She received the following grants: New York Stipend by the Federal State of Berlin; Goldrausch Art IT Berlin; Käthe Dorsch Stiftung Berlin; Nafög