Folding an orange fish out of newspaper
Andrea Loefke creates installations where fictional narratives, dream worlds with anchors in the real, occupy a space between familiarity and fantasy. The environments are systems - overlapping worlds, groups and subgroups that are juxtaposed and united through scale, color, sound, form, space, and material. With the continuous pushing and pulling among the elements of this vocabulary, Loefke creates hierarchies of events and narratives, which compete and communicate. Loefke develops pathways for the viewer to travel, linking micro with macro worlds, encouraging notions of irritation, and implying movement of the objects, all asking the viewer to relate oneself to the objects and the situations they present. The viewer is asked to weave his or her own story and sensations, to believe and to wonder.
Andrea Loefke is a German born sculptor/installation artist with a Masters degree in Art and Physical Education from Leipzig, Germany (2000) and an MFA in Sculpture from Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio (2003). She has had numerous solo exhibitions including at the Sculpture Center, and SPACES, Cleveland, 2004; PH Gallery, New York, 2005: "Ene mene miny mo"; Kiehle Gallery, 2006; PH Gallery, New York, NY and at Galerie Schuster, Frankfurt, Germany: "Das muss gefeiert werden! Mit Krokant, Kandiszucker, Kremhuetchen,..!", 2007; Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY; and Michael Steinberg Gallery, New York, NY. Numerous group shows and reviews in Sculpture Magazine (Dec, 2006, Vol. 25, p. 77-78), Brooklyn Rail (Vol. June 2005, p. 19) and in one of the main German newspapers, Frankfurter Allgemeine (Vol. 190, Thursday, August 17th, p.48) have accompanied the solo exhibitions throughout the past few years. Forthcoming is a feature in Sculpture Magazine, published in their 2008 March issue, "Once Upon A Time: A Conversation between Paul Black and Andrea Loefke". During the summer months of this year, Loefke will be a resident at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, NE.