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Christiane Löhr

October 8, 2023 – January 28, 2024

  • Christiane Löhr │ Löwenzahnkissen │ 2009 | © Christiane Löhr
    Christiane Löhr │ Löwenzahnkissen │ 2009 | © Christiane Löhr
    © Christiane Löhr

Christiane Löhr (*1965, lives and works in Cologne and Prato, Italy) creates a unique sculptural and installation cosmos with materials from nature. She uses organic elements such as flying seeds, plant stems, burdocks, tree blossoms, horse and dog hair as construction material for her organic-abstract repertoire of forms.

She transforms the natural material, without changing it structurally, into new sculptural orders that allow associations with architecture, landscapes or even containers.

The dimensions of her works range from miniatures to large formats that enter into a dialogue with architecture, encompass large surfaces and redefine spaces. Depending on the nature of the material she has carefully "harvested", she creates the finest as well as compact structures, which in their sometimes flat as well as voluminous expansion are reminiscent of natural growth processes. Individually or as a group, they are arranged on plinths and enliven walls, ceilings and floors.

Her artistic questions about surface and space are also part of her drawings on handmade paper. Using oil pencil, ink and graphite, she creates linear compositions that spread dynamically from the centre of the picture to the edge like veins of plants and leaves. Christiane Löhr describes this as an "outpouring". In addition to brush and pencil, she also uses her hands or fingers directly to literally rub the material into the sheet.

In addition to a selection of different sculptures, wall works and drawings, Christiane Löhr will develop a large-scale ceiling, wall and floor work for the exhibition at the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, in dialogue with the light-flooded rooms of Richard Meier. In harmony with Hans Arp's organic cosmos on the exhibition floor above, visitors will be able to perceive how different sculptural approaches to material and form can be in order to make the beauty and power of nature visible and tangible.

Curator of Contemporary Art

Jutta Mattern M.A.

+49 2228 9425-13
mattern@arpmuseum.org

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