Erika Harrsch - Under One Sky
November 8 - December 8, 2012
Opening reception: Friday, November 9, 6-8pm.
CHICAGO, IL - Kasia Kay Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of “Under One Sky”, the gallery’s first solo exhibition for Erika Harrsch. As a multi-media artist, Harrsch uses a diverse grouping of materials to express her deeper message and exhibit a playful yet thought -provoking atmosphere for the viewer. Her newer works consist of sculptural clouds, kites, mixed-media collages, paintings entomological boxes, and a plethora of other fascinating creations coming together to compose a symphony of visual stimuli.
The butterfly is a reoccurring motif in Harrsch’s works. Most of her butterflies are constructed from images of various recreated currencies. It seems her winged creations carry with them her message of a balance between nature and our modern global economy. With the Butterflies as a recurrent symbol, Harrsch creates parallel realities of values; where these banknotes flutter, specimen-prints of international currency are presented either as animated monetized Lepidoptera or as extinct specimens ready for inspection.
Harrsch’s collection contains traces of a wide variety of emotions and topics. Some are fantastical and tumultuous; others are tranquil and insightful, while the next may make blatant political statements mixed with a serene landscape. The gallery will be transformed, filled of new energies. Her work is an experience not to be missed.
One of Harrsch’s most recent commissioned installations for the Eaton Corporation manages to again displace the balance of nature and economics, with the circling trail made by each of her individually handmade, paper currency butterflies. Each butterfly seems so delicate yet substantial, and there is a sense that at any moment one might decide to fly off the wall.
“Erika Harrsch’s work proves that borders do not exist when it comes to artistic creation.” Art Nexus
Born in Mexico City, Erika Harrsch has lived and worked in Mexico, Italy, Germany and New York. Her image-making tools include painting, photography, video and a scenario building based on elements in artificial and natural environments, which find expression in the form of installations and three dimensional photographic works. Her work has been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions at galleries and museums in Mexico, USA, Brasil, Argentina, Korea, China, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Spain, UK, Poland, Turkey and Syria. She has participated in several Art Biennials including Fokus Lodz Biennale, Poland 2010, Beijing 798 Biennale 2009, 5th International Media Art Biennale-MediaCity Seoul 2008. Her work has been presented in museum such as the Whitney Museum of American Art-NY, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Göteborgs Konstmuseum-Gothenburg Sweden, Musée de la Photographie a Charleroi-Bélgium, Seoul Museum of Art-Korea. Harrsch has developed a multidisciplinary practice and has taken part in multimedia festivals and residencies worldwide, working in collaboration with the multidisciplinary company VisionIntoArt, cellist Jeffrey Zeigler of the Kronos Quartet and acclaimed composer Philip Glass.