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  Art Ecology Sustainability / 24.04 – 19.07.2009
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  Christiane Löhr (Germany, 1965)
  Christiane Löhr’s art is quintessentially ecological and eco-sustainable, for it uses strictly natural, and thus fully biodegradable, materials which are gathered according to a principle of proximity to places frequented by the artist. Her works do not contemplate any waste. However, this is not the most interesting aspect of the artist’s ecological conscience. Löhr bases the foundations of her work – drawings, sculptures and installations alike – on the frequentation and daily study of nature. The profound, almost symbiotic, belonging to the plant and animal world generates a simple and harmonious beauty that does not linger on a lyrical vision, but instead finds its basis in an analytical and cognitive approach. Löhr’s attentive observation, focused on the morphological development of living organisms, results in sculptural and structural forms that alter architectural modes with the phytogenetic intelligence that occurs in nature.
  The installations featured in the exhibition, which take the form of horsehair knotted tubes that cross the rooms and a white base that sets off the delicate sculptures of plant stems, testify to the artist's daily contact with nature and her riding and walking, which offer her precious seasonal opportunities to select horsehair, branches, seeds, plants and delicate stems that she uses to construct her sculptures.
The contrast between the lightness of the latter and the architectural coherence of their structure, is explained in the mediation between the analytic observation of botanical/zoological development and the study of architecture inspired by nature, whether Christian (particularly Gothic), Islamic or Hindu.
As the drawings follow development and growth according to the biological rules of plants (from bottom up, from inside out), Löhr’s botanical constructions base their equilibrium on the comprehension of the plant structure in relation to the abstract geometry of polyhedrons. Their spatial distribution creates a sort of mental landscape in which the calibrated distances establish harmonious relations.
  Kuppel, 2009, grass stalks, 16 x 32 x 29 cm
Kleiner Quadre, 2009, grass stalks, 10 x 13 x 13 cm

Kleine durchlässige Form, 2009, tree flowers, 7 x 13 x 11 cm
Kleiner Kubus, 2007, grass stalks, 10 x 13 x 13 cm
Kleine Kuppel, 2009, plant stalks, 9 x 10 x 10 cm
Bogenform, 2009, grass stalks, 12 x 20 x 20 cm
Kuppel, 2009, grass stalks, 10 x 12 x 12 cm
Durchlässige Form, 2009, tree flowers, 10,5 x 16 x 14 cm

Courtesy the artist; Galleria Salvatore + Caroline Ala.
Photo Credit: CCCS, Firenze; Valentina Muscedra
  Haarreusen, 2009
horsehair, needles
variable dimensions
Courtesy the artist; Galleria Salvatore + Caroline Ala.
Photo Credit: CCCS, Firenze; Valentina Muscedra
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