Site-specific exhibition by Swedish artist Maria von Köhler. This installation develops von Köhler’s fascination with the grotesque in both sculpture and painting, and sinister relations between expectation and reward.
Von Köhler characteristically makes artworks that attempt to elude linear interpretation by using of a broad mixture of cultural references. The installation plays with the history of sculpture, the ‘herm’ of the title perhaps being a statue of Hermes, originally used to mark boundaries, and transforms these references into an environment reminiscent of a freak-show with the ‘herm’ becoming a grotesque distortion of Anne Fausto-Sterling’s ‘true hermaphrodite’ displayed for the public like a carnival exhibit.
Von Köhler graduated from the Royal Academy in 2003 and lives and works in London and Los Angeles. Recent exhibitions include National Geographic, Faggionato Fine Art, Larry's Cocktails, Gagosian, Timeline, Seeline Gallery, Los Angeles, MOCA Fresh Auction, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and When we Build, Let Us Think That We Build Forever, The Zabludowicz Collection at BALTIC. She has recently also had the solo exhibitions The Mother of all Babies, SEVENTEEN, London, and at Seeline Gallery, Los Angeles.
Maria von Köhler – Maybe a Herm has been supported by the Arts Council England and the Henry Moore Foundation.