As the daylight disappears, Horizon enters the scene. Evoking the meeting of the sky and the earth, Horizon offers the viewer an imaginary trip to the horizon, where movements in the light constantly create new skylines in vibrant, flowing colors.
Danish textile artist Astrid Krogh is considered as a pioneering artist in the field of high technological textile installations, starting by the end of the 1990s making monumental light weavings for important museum exhibitions and site-specific commissions such as the Maersk building and the Danish Parliament in Copenhagen. In 2013, the 21 C Museum International Contemporary Art Foundation in Cincinnati commissioned the monumental work Lightmail, and in 2014 the Longchamp Flagship in Paris bought the permanent art installation Cloud Illusions.
In 2006, 2009 and 2011 she received the Danish Art Foundation Prize. She won the Thorvald Bindesboell Medal in 2008 and received the Inga & Ejvind Kold Christensen Prize in 2013.
Astrid Krogh embraces traditional craft techniques while using high tech materials as she hand weaves lengths of optic strands on a loom to make iridescent tapestries that illuminate into a rainbow of brilliant colors. The fibers in the tapestries are connected to monitors that regulate the color palette, and slowly and hypnotically move the color throughout the piece. Inspired by natural phenomenon, Astrid Krogh succeeds in giving light a rare soft and tactile quality. She proposes a highly original and poetic vocabulary in the field of light installations, based on sensual color experience and meditative perception.
Born in 1968, lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark
After graduating in 1997 from the textile faculty at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design, Astrid Krogh established her own studio the following year, where she started using optical fibers to create woven textiles, thereby weaving with light itself. As colored light is transmitted through the fibers, the textiles change appearance and transform the spaces around them. Krogh’s point of departure from conventional textile design was not merely her fascination for light, but also her attraction to shape-morphing objects and shifting colorways. “I use light as both a material and a technology”, Krogh explains. “The presence of light is an essential component of my work. Light enables my textiles to pulsate, change patterns and create an entire spectrum of ever-changing colorways”.
Few artists speak this refined language as fluently as Astrid Krogh, who uses light to describe aspects of nature that words simply cannot. The lingua franca in Krogh’s world describes the feelings evoked by the beauty of the dawn, and the emotions stirred when the sunset streaks extraordinary colors across the sky. Her vocabulary is nuanced by sensory experiences, which are articulated through a lexicon of color and light. Krogh’s vernacular encompasses the ripples that cause sunlight to sparkle on the surface of a lake, and the surging, blue tinted waves that change color as they break on the shore.
Widely recognized as one of the most pioneering Scandinavian artists in the field of light installations and textile art, Krogh is working at the intersection between art, architecture and design. Krogh’s works have been exhibited in various international institutions, such as the Boston Fine Art Museum; Le Musée Eugène Delacroix, Paris; Tournai International Triennial of Contemporary Textile Arts, Belgium; Malmö Kunstmuseum, Sweden; the Tefaf Maastricht Fair, Holland and Design Miami/Basel, Switzerland. Krogh’s works are included in important museum collections, such as the Designmuseum Danmark and the 21C Museum International Contemporary Art Foundation. Krogh has been making monumental light installations and site-specific commissions for private and public collections, such as the 21C Museum International Contemporary Art Foundation in Cincinnati, the Danish Parliament in Copenhagen; the Longchamp Flagship store in Paris; the Danish University Center in Beijing, China, and the Maersk building in Copenhagen. Krogh’s pieces are published in important books about contemporary textiles, architecture and design, and the artist has won several prizes, including the Thorvald Bindesboell Medal, the Inga & Ejvind Kold Christensen Prize, the Annual Honorary Grant of the National Bank of Denmark, the Finn Juhl Architecture Prize and the CODA Awards.