Densen - Disperse Christiane Löhr Exhibition

Visit Gunby's first contemporary art exhibition called Densen - Disperse. Open to visitors from 30 June to 4 September from 11am to 4pm, the exhibition is located in Orchard Gallery, nestled in the Gunby gardens.

Densen - Disperse

Brought together by Trust New Art and Newcastle upon Tyne visual arts commissioning agency Locus+, Densen - Disperse marks the first exhibition at Gunby and the first major exhibition in the UK of Christiane Löhr’s intricate sculptural forms.

Christiane Löhr's work evolves through her direct contact with nature and it is here that she finds materials such as plant stalks, dandelion or ivy seeds, which are used to construct tiny sculptures reminiscent of everyday objects or architecture. The artist appears to follow an inner geometry inherent in her materials; the objects show themselves as examples of imaginary architecture, surprisingly light and fragile, yet powerful and stable.

Delicate dandelions in Orchard Gallery
Dandelions drying in Orchard Gallery
Delicate dandelions in Orchard Gallery

During her residence at Gunby Estate, Hall and Gardens in the spring, Christiane developed the exhibition by approaching the extensive structure of the place and working at the site.

“It concerns sculpture, it concerns perception. It does not at all concern nature. I am interested in form of the plants, not in their botanical features….I am a sculptor. My issues are sculpture and perception, form and space, the very concrete involvement with the given daily objects. It is another way of displacing space, or rather ‘sculpting’. That comes about by working with ordinary materials – that could be steel but I chose the organic. I am focused on the placement in space, on proportion, on what is happening between the formed space and the untouched space.”

Artist Christiane Löhr in Gunby's Orchard Gallery
Artist Christiane Löhr in Orchard Gallery
Artist Christiane Löhr in Gunby's Orchard Gallery

About Christiane Löhr

Christiane Löhr was born in Wiesbaden, Germany in 1965 and lives and works in Köln, Germany and Prato, Italy. 

She is represented by Jason McCoy Gallery, New York; Taguchi Fine Art, Tokyo; Tucci Russo Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice/Turin; Bernier/Eliades Gallery at Athens and Brussels and Gallery Werner Klein, Köln. Löhr has exhibited extensively in Europe and Asia, including at the 49th Biennale di Venezia in 2001 and at  Villa e Collezione Panza in Varese, Italy, in 2010 with a solo exhibition. Currently she is presenting a solo exhibition at Kunsthaus Baselland, Switzerland.

Orchard gallery was the perfect place for artist Christiane Löhr to draw
Christiane Lohr drawing
Orchard gallery was the perfect place for artist Christiane Löhr to draw
For her three-dimensional works - sculptures and installations- the artist employs
elements belonging to the natural world, such as seeds and stalks, as well as animal hair
like horse or dog hair. Through these simple materials, Löhr observes the perfection of the
geometrical shapes, their inner structures, as well as their compositional potential, by
dividing, sorting and drying them. With slow and patient handwork, and renouncing any
kind of adulteration (Löhr does not employ glue or any other chemical material to keep
the elements together), the artist creates constructions a few centimetres high, finite
shapes that open up to infinite associations. Fragile and almost transparent, Löhr's works
interact with the void that surrounds them, as if enriching with the vital force from the
transparency of air.
Her attention goes towards the space as a concrete realm of intervention with her specific
minimal means; a space which has to be organized through the introduction of delicate
and tiny objects, which even though seem to be fragile, are actually very strong and solid.


Christiane often uses horse hair in her sculptures
Horse hair to be used by Christiane Löhr
Christiane often uses horse hair in her sculptures

About Trust New Art

Trust New Art is the National Trust’s programme of contemporary arts inspired by our places. National Trust has been working with living artists since the 1980s, and in 2009 created Trust New Art through a partnership with Arts Council England. The programme makes contemporary arts available in National Trust properties; builds new and diverse audiences; and offers new opportunities to artists to work in new contexts.