Magazine article Artforum International

Christiane Lohr

Magazine article Artforum International

Christiane Lohr

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GALLERIA SALVATORE + CAROLINE ALA

The first thing one noticed in Christiane Lohr's recent show was the barely tangible presence--it could almost be described as an absence--of a sculpture made entirely of horsehair. Skillfully tied together and attached to both ceiling and floor, extremely fine black threads delineated the outlines of a volume, which the eye, only after considerable effort, gradually perceived as a set of three intersecting ones. Occupying the entire front room of the gallery, the structure animated the space with its impalpability, instilling in the viewer the fear either of not seeing the work clearly or of accidentally destroying it with a misstep. In other parts of the gallery, more interweavings of horsehair, mounted to the wall on small nails, seemed equally defenseless. Lohr's work often emanates this air of fragility. Even the small sculptures exhibited on tall wooden bases seemed similarly at the mercy of events.

Lohr's sculptures are constructed entirely from organic materials,, whether they are assemblages of ivy seeds, berries, dandelions, or some other natural element whose forms can easily be interlocked. For example, spiky clusters of ivy seeds become building blocks in Piccola torre (Small tower), 1999. …

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