The Trem­bling of a Leaf or the Move­ment of the Uni­verse?

Septem­ber 8 – Oc­to­ber 7, 2017

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Anya Tish Gallery is thrilled to an­nounce the re­turn of Swiss-born, New York-based mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary artist Katja Lo­her for The Trem­bling of a Leaf or the Move­ment of the Uni­verse?, the artist’s fifth solo ex­hi­bi­tion with the gallery, fea­tur­ing Lo­her’s lat­est body of work: video, videosculp­ture and in­stal­la­tion.

Katja Lo­her is chang­ing the face of video art by choos­ing to present her in­trigu­ing works as or­ganic sculp­tural forms, or Video­por­tals, in lieu of a more tra­di­tional flat rec­tan­gu­lar screen. The nearly seam­less fu­sion of the tech­no­log­i­cal with the or­ganic re­flects the fan­tas­tic worlds she cre­ates, which ex­plore the com­plex bal­ance be­tween hu­mans and na­ture, and the con­se­quences of liv­ing in a glob­al­ized world. The videos are the prod­uct of a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort be­tween the cre­ative tal­ents of po­ets, com­posers, cos­tume de­sign­ers, and per­form­ers who, un­der the cre­ative di­rec­tion of Lo­her, work to an­i­mate the imag­ined world of the artist.

Each vi­brant video per­for­mance ad­dresses eco­log­i­cal ur­gen­cies such as the plight of pol­li­na­tors, abuses of tech­nol­ogy, and the fu­ture of hu­man­ity, while si­mul­ta­ne­ously draw­ing at­ten­tion to the beauty in­trin­sic to the life sus­tain­ing pro­cesses that sup­port our planet. Per­form­ers in­ter­twine to form let­ters, words and ques­tions, while cos­tumed dancers dressed as an­i­mals mimic the so­matic or sonar com­mu­ni­ca­tion in­her­ent to dif­fer­ent species. While Lo­her pro­poses the ques­tion in her works, she does not of­fer the so­lu­tion - that task is left to the viewer who will emerge from her Mini­verse in­spired by a re­newed ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the splen­dor and com­plex­ity of na­ture and the de­sire to pre­serve its beauty for gen­er­a­tions to come.

A grad­u­ate of the Fine Art Academy in Basel, Switzer­land, Katja Lo­her (b. 1979) is an in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized artist whose work has been fea­tured in ex­hi­bi­tions through­out China, Ja­pan, Europe, South Amer­ica and the United States, in such venues as: World Expo Mu­seum, Shang­hai, China; MuBE, Museu Brasileiro da Es­cul­tura, São Paulo, Brazil; Venice Ar­chi­tec­ture Bi­en­nale, Venice, Italy; MAXXI Mu­seum, Rome, Italy; United Na­tions Pav­il­ion, Shang­hai Expo, China; Bi­en­nale Chongqing, China; Art Dig­i­tal, Moscow, Rus­sia and the State Her­mitage Mu­seum, St. Peter­burg, Rus­sia. Lo­her’s work can be found in nu­mer­ous pri­vate and pub­lic col­lec­tions, in­clud­ing: Core Club, New York, USA; Credit Suisse Col­lec­tion, Zurich, Switzer­land, 21C Mu­seum, Ken­tucky, USA; Figge Art Mu­seum, Daven­port, Iowa, USA; Jorge Perez Col­lec­tion, Miami, USA; eN Arts Col­lec­tion, Tokyo, Ja­pan and Horsecross Col­lec­tion, Perth, UK. Re­cently, Lo­her’s work has been com­mis­sioned for large scale Art and Ar­chi­tec­ture projects at the new head­quar­ters of Swis­sGrid, Switzer­land, Re­lated Group/ Jorge Perez, at SLS Ho­tel, Miami, USA, and Oa­sis VIP Lounge, at Bo­gota Air­port, Colom­bia.

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