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The Ivory Girl 9

graphite, acrylic, oil, paper on wood panel
16 x 20 x 2 inches (40 x 50 x 5 cm)

Frieze New York, 2013

Based on extensive research of psychological case studies, the work of Adrian Lohmüller reflects his concern with the reconfiguration of architectural space and its link to psychic systems, which ultimately correlates with what Lohmüller calls “psychoarchitecture”. Accordingly, buildings become bodies, with pipes like arteries circulating fluids, while the body becomes architectural, capable of being refitted and restructured by creative and transformative political and social orientation.

Under the title “The Ivory Girl”, Adrian Lohmüller shows in Frieze New York, Frame a series of new collage drawings on wood panels and sculptures that consist of carefully arranged objects, comprised of materials such as rubber, copper pipes or glass. The works on view culminate with the artist's correspondence with a young woman who developed, in architect Glenn Robert Lym’s phrase, a “neurotic, mini home spatial order”, due to the false impression that her skin was increasing in transparency. This resulted in both an elaborate system for keeping track of her fading opacity and the painstaking arrangement of her architectural surroundings.

(by Sommer & Kohl)