Daily Dose Pick: Josephine Meckseper

Critiquing capitalism and the relationship between consumer culture and power, Josephine Meckseper uses objects and images to express political dissent.

The daughter of an anarchist father and a Green Party mother, the German-born artist mixes glamour and politics in her boutique-style installations, protest photos, and media-manipulated video. Her narratives juxtapose our love of cars with the plight of Iraq War vets, and feminine fashion with traditional female roles, exposing the imbalance of power in contemporary society.

View Meckseper’s gallery page, check out her current show in Houston, watch a video about a recent exhibition in Zurich, read an interview with Liam Gillick, buy her new monograph, and discover her conceptual roots in the magazine she used to publish and edit.

Josephine Meckseper, Save a Bundle, 2007, Mixed media in two parts, 65 x 102 3/4 x 24 inches, Courtesy of the artist, Elizabeth Dee, New York, and Arndt & Partner, Berlin
Josephine Meckseper, Save a Bundle, 2007, Mixed media in two parts, 65 x 102 3/4 x 24 inches, Courtesy of the artist, Elizabeth Dee, New York, and Arndt & Partner, Berlin

Josephine Meckseper, Untitled (Angry Brigade), 2005, Acrylic, gouache, pencil, and fabric on canvas, 60 x 48 inches, Private collection, Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Dee, New York
Josephine Meckseper, Untitled (Angry Brigade), 2005, Acrylic, gouache, pencil, and fabric on canvas, 60 x 48 inches, Private collection, Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Dee, New York

Josephine Meckseper, Untitled (March on Washington 9/24/05, Kids with Scarves), 2005, Color print, 30 x 40 inches, Collection of the artist, New York, Courtesy of the artist, Elizabeth Dee, New York, and Arndt & Partner, Berlin
Josephine Meckseper, Untitled (March on Washington 9/24/05, Kids with Scarves), 2005, Color print, 30 x 40 inches, Collection of the artist, New York, Courtesy of the artist, Elizabeth Dee, New York, and Arndt & Partner, Berlin

Josephine Meckseper, The Children's Crusade, 2006, Aluminum, Plexiglas, glass, lights, gouache on plastic sign, toilet brush, metal display stand, rabbit furs, C-print, plastic mannequin hand, 89 1/4 x 46 x 18 inches, Collection of Dean Valentine and Amy Adelson, Los Angeles, Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Dee, New York
Josephine Meckseper, The Children’s Crusade, 2006, Aluminum, Plexiglas, glass, lights, gouache on plastic sign, toilet brush, metal display stand, rabbit furs, C-print, plastic mannequin hand, 89 1/4 x 46 x 18 inches, Collection of Dean Valentine and Amy Adelson, Los Angeles, Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Dee, New York

Josephine Meckseper Blackwater, No Country for Old Men, 2008, Digital print on reflective film mounted to aluminum, 35 x 49 7/8 inches, Grace Family Collection, New York, Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Dee, New York
Josephine Meckseper, Blackwater, No Country for Old Men, 2008, Digital print on reflective film mounted to aluminum, 35 x 49 7/8 inches, Grace Family Collection, New York, Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Dee, New York

Josephine Meckseper Untitled (Mustang), 2008, Mixed media on canvas wrapped in plastic, 60 x 48 inches, Collection of Charlotte and Bill Ford, Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Dee, New York
Josephine Meckseper, Untitled (Mustang), 2008, Mixed media on canvas wrapped in plastic, 60 x 48 inches, Collection of Charlotte and Bill Ford, Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Dee, New York