born 1972, in Germany, currently based in New York, USA
HB III SOHO Artist
Andrea Loefke constructs conglomerates of material and form, working from innumerable sources, both decorative and everyday. In fabricating these often vivid multiform assemblages and works on paper, she employs a myriad of techniques, expressing ambiguous thoughts and sensations, often with a strong sense of quiet foreboding. These fairy-like worlds are complex structures, resulting in playful, mysterious landscapes, enticing the viewer into visual narrative journeys.
Andrea Loefke lives and works in Brooklyn, New York since 2003. She is a German-born sculptor with a Masters degree in art education from the University of Leipzig, Germany and an MFA in sculpture from Ohio State University. She was awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Smack Mellon and the Bemis Center. In 2009 Loefke was commissioned to create a permanent installation for the SØR Rusche Collection in Berlin and received the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award in 2010. Loefke has shown in over forty exhibitions through out the US and abroad, including her most current, large-scale solo project Homecoming at Smack Mellon, Brooklyn and her first site-specific outdoor installation, Toss-Up in the forest of Darmstadt, Germany at the Walldkunstpfad 2016. Her solo exhibitions have received critical recognition from numourous publications including Artforum, Sculpture, Brooklyn Rail, Frankfurter Allgemeine and Juliet.
Andrea Loefke is currently teaching with Studio in a School and the German School Brooklyn. Her work is found in numerous private collections, and the Bezirksärztekammer (Karlsruhe, Germany).
In a quite, self-contained room in a historical landmark townhouse in Harlem, this piece utilizes the entire floor for the creation of the space. The complete floor is covered with carpet padding and a red/white check patterned picnic tablecloth. This is the fabric we all know from our mothers or grandmothers kitchen table or picnics we have had when we were children. It is rich in these associations and suggests a nostalgic, homelike, and guarded atmosphere. It builds comfort and generates personal memories. A cliché with intensity, excessive and meticulous.
This world proposes a kind of playground. No shoes allowed! The world inside invites to tinker, to make, to eat, to socialize and to relax. At certain times food was prepared and shared – the smell of cooked oatmeal and strawberries often filled the entire place and attracted passersby.
Everything is in red and white: from food to cooking utensils to plants and playthings. Visitors enjoy the food, make drawings, shape plasticine, engage in conversations or water the strawberry plants. There are bowls of red and white candy and flowers in red pots. Visitors have made small drawings that are pinned up on the wall. It is a creative place. A place that appears cozy yet expresses some insinuations of discomfort, as if things are slightly out of control!? A feeling of unease. As a matter of fact everything is overdone, exorbitant and excessive. All details are without exception within the color scheme and even the red and white checker pattern has been meticulously cut out and made to wooden blocks stacked and collected in containers. Everything is unreasonable. Coming from the fireplace, paper flames and puffy smoke clouds are escaping into the room. A small white toylike house with no roof and an aggressive red, glossy interior that seems to spill over its walls, was left out and predicts a strong sense of quiet foreboding.
Doesn't our home often exhibit the true sides of oneself?
Creamy Oatmeal with Strawberries
(4 servings) 2 cups oats 1 pint fresh strawberries 2 and 1/2 cups milk or water 1 pat of butter a touch of salt 2 or 3 Tablespoons brown sugar raspberry syrup almond flakes
Prepare strawberries. They should be rinsed, hulled and chopped coarsely. In a bowl combine strawberries and brown sugar. Set aside Cook the oatmeal with milk, a pinch of salt and some brown sugar over medium heat for 4 or 5 minutes, until creamy. Remove from heat and stir in butter. Fill four serving bowls with oatmeal, leaving room for the topping. Spoon some of the sweetened strawberries over hot oatmeal and add some sprinkles of almond flakes and raspberry syrup.