Astrid Krogh. Arabesque

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Hostler Burrows is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Astrid Krogh (Danish, b. 1968). This is
the artist’s
first solo presentation in the United States. Krogh creates large-scale textiles and light-based
public installations that delve into the microscopic structures of biological life and the elusive organization of
the universe. Her foundation in textile design led her to a structuralist approach to studying
unobservable and overlooked phenomena, mixing rational inquiry with wonder. She is drawn to “patterns
that embrace changeability,” in her words.

Arabesque, Krogh has designed a botanical metalwork tapestry in the form of
(the common
dandelion), a hardy and undomesticated plant species endemic to the cracked pavement and urban
landscape of cities like Los Angeles. Cut from aluminum sheets, the silhouettes of serrated leaves and
puffball heads are overlaid on the building’s brick facade. Their surfaces are gilded with 23-carat gold to
reflect the warm hues of the California sun, casting shadows into the gallery’s interior and sending light
refracting across Melrose Avenue. The use of gilded surfaces speaks to a long tradition within textiles in
representing sunlight’s luminous, celestial, and transcendent qualities.

Flowers and plants offer a means to
articulate correspondences between microcosm and macrocosm, between the detail of nature and the laws
of the universe.

(Astrid Krogh)

An ironwork arabesque within the gallery is based on the form of a branching species of seaweed gathered
from the Baltic Sea. It offers the possibility of endless repetition, expanding the “language of plants” to the
scale of walls and buildings. Krogh has treated one side of the metal with gold leaf while a delicate
filigree of
oxidation is left exposed along the other. Nearby, printed photographs and illuminated LED light boxes take
us deep within the cellular makeup of leaves, stems, and algal tissue, converging in a complex
fibrous weave.

One such work showcases the vibrant fuchsia and palm-like structure of seaweed pressed against glass. Its
dense lines and crowded organization call to mind the branching veins and arteries of the body as well as
larger, global structures—the diverging pinpricks of city lights seen from the sky at night or the wandering
routes of transcontinental highways. A series of prints
flecked with gold, platinum, silver, and reflective
watercolor amplifies the microscopic structures of seaweed, emphasizing the complex relation of parts and
particles within all biological tissue. Much like syllables in a phrase or galaxies across the sky, these
cellular landscapes compose what Krogh calls a “vegetal poetics” of the interconnectedness of all things.

Astrid Krogh currently lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. She graduated in 1997 from the Royal
Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Design with a degree in textile design. Krogh has exhibited
internationally and completed numerous large-scale installations for public spaces, including the Uppsala Central Railway Station, the Platinan building in central Gothenburg, the Täby Simhall, and the Danish
University Centre in Beijing. She is the recipient of numerous awards, honors, and grants, including the Finn
Juhl Prize, CODAawards, the Nationalbankens Jubilæumsfonds Bequest, the Knud V. Engelhardt Memorial
Bequest, and a series of grants from the Danish Arts Foundation.

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