Christiane Löhr 2019 Press Release
Bernier/Eliades Gallery is pleased to present the second solo exhibition in Athens of the German artist Christiane Löhr. The exhibition will feature an installation, 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.
In her second exhibition at Bernier/Eliades Gallery the artist will show a voluminous installation realized with horse hair and needles tensioned through the space of the gallery. In this show will also be exhibited middle-size drawings with oil pastel and sculptures of different format. The diverse densities of drawings, and sculptures that are inherent in the installation are working with light and space in various manners – the tubular forms of stretched horse hair seem to capture and concentrate space, while the compact black oil pastel signs of the drawings bring light to gleam by agglomerating and densifying the space of the paper sheet.
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, her exhibition at the Villa e Collezione Panza in Varese, Italy in 2010, at the Vangi Museum, Shizuoka in 2015 as well as at Kunsthaus Baselland/Muttenz in 2016. In 2018 her works have been shown in a solo exhibition at Skulpturenpark Waldfrieden / Tony Cragg Foundation, Wuppertal, and with a spatial installation in a group show at Kunsthalle Tübingen. In 2018 she was conferred the ‘grant award’ of The Shifting Foundation, California.