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?, her fifth solo exhibition with the gallery, featuring her latest body of work: video, video-sculpture and installation.
Katja Loher is changing the face of video art by choosing to project her fantastical works onto organic sculptural forms, or Videoportals, in lieu of a more traditional flat rectangular screen. The effect is the seamless fusion of nature and technology which parallels the fantastic worlds, or Miniverses, she creates to further explore the consequences of living in a globalized world.
Each video is the product of a collaborative effort between creative talents such as poet Gian-Maria Annovi, composer Asako Fujimoto, and costume designer Ley Ouchi as well as a team of theatrical producers, dancers, 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 Telfair Museum, Savannah, Georgia; Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa; Museu Brasileiro de Escultura, São Paulo, Brasil; The Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Connecticut; New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain; Connecticut; State Hermitage Museum, Moscow, Russia; World Expo Museum, Shanghai, China; SIGGRAPHY Asia, Yokohama, Japan; and the United Nations Pavillion, Shanghai Expo, China. Loher was selected for the 2010 inaugural exhibition at Rome’s National Museum of the Arts of the XXIst Century (MAXXI), the 12th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennial, and the Tina B Festival for Contemporary Art in Prague, Czech Republic. Her work can be found in several public and private collections worldwide, including the New Britain Museum, New Britain, Connecticut; 21c Museum Hotel, Bentonville, Arkansas; Credit Suisse, Geneva, Switzerland; Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, Florida; Anthem of the Seas Collection, Miami, Florida; eN Arts Collection, Tokyo, Japan; and Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa.