CATHERINE LORENT in dialogue with PAUL THEK, KROME GALLERY LUXEMBOURG, January 28 – March 14, 2015
Krome Gallery cordially invites you to the second exhibition in the series “in dialogue with,“ where new works by Luxembourg artist Catherine Lorent are presented in the context of a referential work by Paul Thek.
Honoring the upcoming exhibitions, performances and events of Catherine Lorent (at MUDAM, Neimënster and Casino), the show features about 40 recent drawings of her ongoing series “Seismes“, in which she imagines what a guitar would look like in an earthquake or a storm. In these drawings the artist posits the formal vocabulary of Baroque as a central reference point of her work. Also on view are three visual and acoustic interactive installations, in which guitars generate a sustained sound triggered by sensors which respond to the movement of the visitors. In addition, the artist presents lesser-known works such as her Leviathan-sculptures, representing the two countries of Germany and Luxembourg.
Catherine Lorent expands her neo-baroque paintings, drawings and sculptures through performance, music and theatrical staging. Antithetical elements such as abstraction and figuration, highbrow and lowbrow culture, improvisation and concept are merged into a Baroque Gesamtkunstwerk that spectators are to experience with all its disruptions.
According to Lorent, her performances are influenced by the legendary American artist Paul Thek (1933 – 1988), mainly by his interdisciplinary environments, called “Processions“ -- referring to the artistic “process”, but also invoking the spiritual dimension of Thek’s expansive installations which contain the surrealist and baroque aspects of faux-pagan-theatrical processions. With his frequent use of highly perishable materials, Thek accepted the ephemeral nature of his art works—and was aware, as writer Gary Indiana has noted, of “a sense of our own transience and that of everything around us.”
In the exhibition, Lorent creates a subtle dialogue between her dark, interactive acoustic rock guitar-assemblages, her „seismic“ drawings and Paul Thek’s intimate diptych „Timely and Timeless“, 1988, painted shortly before Thek’s death. Thek’s piece has a beauty which conter-balances its subject matter: mortality. It engages itself in a dialgoue of time by overcoming the dimension between punctuality and timelessness as a concept.
Throughout his career, Thek invented his own archeology, creating an individual mythology informed by spirituality, politics and cultural history. But it is also the antiheroic diversity of his oeuvre, the camp, irreverent, sophisticated and altogether penetrating nature of his work which are so appealing to artists such as Lorent.
Catherine Lorent studied painting at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Karlsruhe, history at the University of Freiburg and art history at Paris-Sorbonne. She graduated with a Joint PhD in history from the University of Luxembourg and in art history from the University of Heidelberg. In her musical projects she experiments both with dark, metal sounds and classic elements. Lorent has exhibited in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria and Luxembourg. She has won numerous prizes and awards, and represented Luxembourg in 2013 at the 55th Venice Biennale with her interactive installation, “Relegation“. At the end of February 2015, she will have a performance-based solo exhibiton at Krome Gallery Berlin.
Documentation of the show will be here soon.