WHAT: German artist Christiane Löhr seeks to understand the connection between the natural order and modern architecture. This search manifests itself in her art, in which she uses eccentric methods and materials to construct everyday objects and architectural designs. For her second exhibition in Athens, she utilizes horse hair and needles, alongside her most recent paper sculptures.
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.
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.
WHEN: Until April 24
Tuesday – Friday: 10:30 – 18:30
Saturday: 12:00 – 16:00
WHERE: The Bernier-Eliades Gallery, 11 Eptachalkou Street, 11 851; Metro Thissio (map).
Tel: +30 210 3413935 / Website