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Christina zu Mecklenburg

Raum für Kunst und Natur/Finissage 20.Oktober

Auf seiner Suche nach einer Künstlerpersönlichkeit, die sein prospektives, in Eigenregie kuratiertes Sologastspiel begleiten könnte, stößt der Kölner Maler Andreas Hentrich (Jahrgang 1963) auf die englische Fotokünstlerin Lisa Creagh (Jahrgang 1972). Entstanden daraufhin ist ein prickelndes Projekt das nicht allein von kontroversen Kompositionsmethoden und markant divergierenden Arbeitsergebnissen zehrt. Was einzig den Bogen schlägt zwischen Hentrichs Miniaturen und den vielfach monumentalen Farbfotografien der Kollegin, ist die motivische Einschränkung auf Blatt oder Blüte, deren phantasiestrotzende Abwandlungen wiederum einen atemberaubenden Reichtum auslösen.

Kameraaufnahmen von Blättern (etwa Ginkgo, Eiche, Ahorn) deren Umrisse auf gemustertes Origamipapier übertragen, sodann malerisch minutiös bearbeitet (Geheimrezepturen des einstigen Restaurators Hentrich) werden bilden die Grundlage der virtuosen Reihe „Ornamental fall“ (ca. 50 Miniaturen, 15x10cm). Zu bestaunen ist das poetisierte oder dramatisierte Wirbeln, Treiben, zur Erde taumelnden, sich wölbenden Laubwerken, deren ornamentale, bisweilen Rokoko und Stuck ähnliche Infrastrukturen durch immer wieder neue Erscheinungsformen und andersartige Koloraturen verblüffen. Als Inspirationsquelle der Wahlpartnerin stehen indessen Pate: altpersische Teppichornamentik, keltische Emblematik, Stillleben niederländischer Meistermaler und deren Beleuchtungsstrategien sowie aktuelle Blumenzüchtungen. Mittels einer komplexen Software entfesselt die an Londoner Hochschulen ausgebildete Akademikerin in ihrem Hightech Studio (Brighton) eigenwillige, von Aura und Bannkraft gespeiste Blütenarrangements. Die aus tiefschwarzem Grund hervortretenden „nature morte vivant“ Szenerien setzen Synthesen von Jahreszeiten sowie entfernte Erinnerungen an die Malerei des phantastischen Realismus frei.

Raum für unst und Natur, Eifelstr. 22, Finissage mit Künstlergespräch: Samstag, 20. Oktober, 14 bis 15 Uhr. Do, Fr 11 bis 18 Uhr, Sa 11 bis 17 Uhr.


rfoto folio, december 2016


decoded arts, March 2015

Lisa Creagh, digital artist and photographer, is ‘Artist In Residence’ at Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel, London. Lisa is the Jumeirah’s second ‘Artist In Residence.’

Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel organized the residency in conjunction with The Art Movement, an organisation that introduces outstanding artists to new audiences in relaxed and unusual spaces beyond the so-called ‘white cube’ of the traditional art gallery or museum.

When an art gallery or museum appoints an ‘Artist In Residence,’ we tend to assume that at that art gallery or museum, referred to by many as ‘white cubes,’ we will see an artist at work, and the artist’s work will appear on nearby walls. In this case, we won’t actually see Lisa at work, but we will see the finished products on display in a most unusual setting – the Lowndes Bar and Kitchen.

The question is: how does this unusual setting influence our perception of the art? Do we see it differently?

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the telegraph, april 2013

Lisa Creagh's photographs are called the "Instant Garden" series, and are partially inspired by Dutch flower paintings. She takes still-life images of flowers and transforms them digitally into large, intricate patterns. She explains the images as being "“a new kind of photograph, one ‘made’ not ‘taken’, but no less beautiful for being artificially ‘natural’." Creagh says the idea for the project came from a series of felt-tip pen drawings she had made. "For years I had been doodling ‘flowers’, a collection of overlapping circles which, once I had started I discovered everywhere; ancient sacred geometry, diagrams of sound, the journey of Venus around the sun and illustrations of the separation of cells by an egg in human reproduction." Creagh been awarded two Arts Council of England ‘Artist Individual Awards’ for the series.


claudia winkleman show, june 2012

Joe Partridge reviews The Instant Garden at The Lucy Bell Gallery on the Claudia Winkleman Show, BBC Radio 2.

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british journal of photography, july 2010

In 1932, the Leica 35mm helped Henri Cartier-Bresson invent the ‘decisive moment’. In 2010, digital manipulation has helped persuade Lisa Creagh that we’re entering a new phase. “Digital technology is changing photography,” she says. “There’s a very modernist aesthetic of the instant moment, and that’s defined photography for the last 80 years. But I think pattern is very relevant in digital photography. It’s more about repetition and a series of endless cycles, something being the same but repeated over and over. A new language is evolving and that’s what I want to explore.
 
And that’s exactly what she’s done with The Instant Garden, a huge, heavily manipulated image modelled on a ancient Persian carpet. She’s taken tiny sections of still life flower shots and moulded them into an intricate, highly decorative pattern – laughing that she’s combined three deeply highly unfashionable things in doing so, flower photography, heavy Photoshop and the decorative. It hasn’t done her any harm. Creagh created her image during her photography MA at the University of Brighton but it’s being exhibited in London’s Diemar Noble gallery alongside shots by Robert Mapplethorpe, Eikoh Hosoe and Neeta Madahar.

The project started out as an experiment in still life flower shots, inspired by 17th century Dutch paintings. Creagh was recreating the lighting and inky black backgrounds of these paintings, when the sudden death of a friend in Amsterdam got her thinking about intensive farming. “I had a vase of flowers at home and when I got to his house I found the exact same blooms,” she says. “It really struck me how universal these flowers are, they’re bred all over Europe. Flowers and maths or science are traditionally meant to be opposites but the industrial process of growing ties these things together. You go into these very large, very manmade greenhouses and there are bees flying around.”

Diane Smythe 2nd August, 2010