Christiane Löhr 2014 press release
Bernier/Eliades Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in Greece of the German artist Christiane Löhr. The exhibition will feature a selection of small sculptures, as well as works on paper of different size – big formats of oil pastel and small pencil drawings.
Christiane Löhr’s sculptures seem rather unusual in light of the simplicity of their materials, because these run counter to our visual expectations. Löhr’s work evolves through her direct contact with nature and it is here that she finds materials such as plant stalks, dandelion or ivy seeds, which are used to construct tiny sculptures reminiscent of everyday objects or architecture. She also uses horsehair in order to make small, hand sized, as well as large, wall sized ‘drawings’ in her various installations.
The artist appears to follow an inner geometry inherent in her materials; the objects show themselves as examples of imaginary architecture, surprisingly light and fragile, yet powerful and stable.
Proportion and space are the major themes of her works on paper. Lines ‘grow’ out from a point often from the bottom of the page to the top edge, the artist describes it as a “a streaming out, from the inside to the outside”. Visually, the structures strive for space far beyond the borders of the paper, it seems they could grow endlessly and take over the room.
Christiane Löhr lives in Cologne, Germany and Prato, Italy. She earned her Master’s degree under Jannis Kounellis at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and has become known internationally through her participation in various exhibitions including the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001, as well as her exhibition at the Villa e Collezione Panza in Varese, Italy in 2010. Contemporaneously are her solo exhibitions at the Stiftung Opelvillen, Rüsselsheim as well as at TUCCI RUSSO Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea. Recently ended the exhibition ‘lifescape’ at the Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, where her work was included.