Katharina Grosse

Katharina Grosse’s solo exhibition, Hello Little Butterfly, I Love You What’s Your Name, is occurring until November 7th at ARKEN Museum for Moderne Kunst, in Ishøj, Denmark, within breath of Copenhagen.

Grosse makes canvas of architecture, erecting varicolored walk-abouts by using hundreds of litres of spray paint; mounds of earth; mammoth, leaning discs; and other big, wadded-up shapes. Viewers are not allowed any of the usual aloofness in their relationship to the artwork, as they literally walk through an airbrushed terrain. That status quo is dissolved. At once dreamy and seemingly protean, the space still renders you surefooted but takes your wit from you, bringing you into an unfettered realm. Appropriately, all of her installations are a one-time deal—they are site-specific and short-lived, as if reveries.

Born 1961 in Freiburg, Germany, Katharina Grosse is a graduate of the Düsseldorf Art Academy, where she studied with Gotthard Graubner and Gerhard Richter. She now lives and works in Berlin. Her last group exhibition was at the Miami Art Museum, Miami Space as Medium (2009); and her most recent solo exhibition, prior to the Arken, was Shadowbox at Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin.