Once upon a time there was a world: whimsical, humorous, credulous, intimate, alien, glittering and obscure. I construct conglomerates of material and form, working from innumerable sources, both decorative and everyday. In fabricating these often vivid multiform assemblages, I employ a myriad of techniques, expressing ambiguous thoughts and sensations, often with a strong sense of quite foreboding – the primary narrative holds a secondary within. These fairy-like worlds are complex structures, resulting in playful, mysterious landscapes, enticing the viewer into visual narrative journeys. I develop pathways for the viewer to travel. I link micro with macro worlds, the flat image with the 3-dimensional, encourage notions of irritation, and implied movement of the objects, and ask the viewer to relate oneself to the objects and the situations they present. I am interested to cultivate our human ability to fantasize, freely associate, create, and to allow an all-embracing experience.
Artist Bio / CV
Andrea Loefke is a German born sculptor/installation artist with a Masters degree in art education from Leipzig, Germany and an MFA in sculpture from Ohio State University, Columbus. After moving to New York in 2003, she immediately was awarded a residency at the MacDowell Colony, NH, as well as a one-year studio residency at Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY. Since then she has shown extensively at different venues in New York, as well as across the United States and Germany. Among those, Michael Steinberg Gallery, NY, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY, Kasia Kay Art Projects, Chicago, the Scupture Center, Cleveland, Ohio and Galerie Schuster, Frankfurt, Germany. Numerous reviews in Artforum, Sculpture, Brooklyn Rail, and Frankfurter Allgemeine have accompanied her solo exhibitions and a lengthy feature was recently published in Sculpture in their 2008 May issue. That same year Loefke received an invitation by the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE for a 3-month residency and proceeded with a first time collaborative performance project, “Ausflug ins Gruene” with the University of Michigan. In 2009, Loefke will be creating a site-specific, permanent installation at a Private Collectors home in Berlin, Germany.
Currently Loefke is working as an adjunct professor in Sculpture at Pratt Institute and School of Visual Arts in New York.