CCTV, Black, No. 2, 2015
Surveillance camera, rhinestones, powder-coated steel
17 x 17 x 5 in / 43.2 x 43.2 x 12.7 cm
In CCTV, Black, No. 2, Wagenknecht applies rhinestones to a closed-circuit television camera. As a ubiquitous icon of surveillance, the object evokes safety and voyeurism, as well as the authoritarian gaze of an exclusive viewer. The ostentatious adornment draws attention to this presence, symbolizing the structures of control, and the network of permissions that are allowed to specific users and groups (be they art world insiders, or simply persons opening a file).