Helwaser Gallery is pleased to announce Christina Kruse: Base and Balance, a solo exhibition by New York-based artist Christina Kruse (b. 1976, Germany) presenting the artist’s newest body of sculptural work completed over the last two years. This new direction builds on her previous body of photographic and collage works, introducing a spatial dimension to her practice. Drawing connections between geometric and organic forms, Kruse’s artistic practice thrives on the notion of construction, bringing together multiple materials into cohesive abstract forms. The exhibition coincides with the 100th year anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus, and is also accompanied by a catalogue, with the foreword written by Glenn Adamson and essays by Joerg Trempler and John Zinsser.
Kruse’s works combine various primary shapes and forms—made out of wood, bronze, and occasionally, brass—into integrated wholes. Across her body of sculptural work, rectilinear forms are often counterbalanced with rounded spheres, weighted by intense shades of black, grey, and white. Through emphasizing the weight and depth of each component, as well as their surface treatments and color applications, Kruse’s works achieve a sense of equilibrium. Although characterized by geometry and line, her sculptures inspire uncanny references to the human figure, inviting viewers to imagine and investigate beyond its formal limits.
Christina Kruse (b. 1976, Germany) is a New York-based multi-disciplinary artist who works across the fields of photography, painting, and sculpture. Her ongoing body of sculptural works combines bronze, marble and wood in standing arrangements that reference geometry. Kruse is a recipient of the GLAAD award for Best Emerging Artist in Photography (2005). Her works have been featured in solo and group exhibitions in New York, France, Austria, and Germany, amongst others.
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The artist’s varied practice of sculpture, drawing, and painting re-adopts and re-invents traditions from European early modernist geometric abstraction. Yet, Kruse always returns to the human figure as her primary subject matter: heads and bodies are constructed—and then deconstructed. For her, this is more than a formal investigation; it represents a larger inquiry into the role of the individual in society. The expression of the human condition becomes a struggle of form, often reduced to planar condition.
— John Zinsser, "Heads and Bodies: Geometry and Allegory in the Works of Christina Kruse," in Christina Kruse: Base and Balance
I was always interested in the idea of balance. I think that has been the underlying theme ever since I started doing anything... I was asking myself these questions — what would the weight distribution of these intense memories look like? Was there a balance to it or was it really out of sync? How would that person still be able to stand up straight? Or would the angles and joints be so off-balance that it would collapse? There was always that underlying theme there which I only started to realize in the last couple of years.
— Christina Kruse, in conversation with Erica Euse, i-D Magazine
"In my drawings, I usually begin with a coordinate system in which the x and y coordinates serve as the axis, or support system, of the forms. In resemblance of a body, the y-axis is comparable to the central axis and the x-axis runs in proportion to and about the level of the neck. What interests me in this approach is the capturing of tension between the head and the body, which to me often seems unbalanced. I determine and implement the forms by resorting to geometrical and stereometric methods to find the measure of volume, structure, and weight."
— Christina Kruse, in conversation with Joerg Trempler, "Interview with Christina Kruse", in Christina Kruse: Base and Balance
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