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Christina Kruse: Base and Balance

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 show will be on view from May 30–July 25, 2019, with an opening reception on Thursday, May 30, 2019. 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. Works on show include Detached (2019), a spherical work suspended from the ceiling by a thin, bronze rod. Although the work appears as tilted and off-balance, the work’s internal wooden structure was conceived as a means of purposefully shifting its center of mass forward. The work stands in conversation with Settled (2018), a large standing bronze sculpture, where a circular “head” is supported by an elongated stem. Accompanying these works are a selection of studies rendered in pencil and chalk; almost diagrammatic in spirit, these preparatory sketches reveal the structural, shape, and color relations that inform her construction process.

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. Presented in loose groupings, her sculptures recall the notion of a tableau vivant, reflecting her own interest in the artistic practices of leading Bauhaus practitioners such as Oskar Schlemmer. These works are a new treatment of the human figure—a motif that figured prominently in the artist’s previous photographic collage works.

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Date

May 30 - Jul 25, 2019

Contact

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Installation view of Christina Kruse: Base and Balance

Helwaser Gallery, New York

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Installation view of Christina Kruse: Base and Balance

Helwaser Gallery, New York

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