Illimited I is a luminous wall sculpture from 2019 by the Danish artist Astrid Krogh. Inspired by the infinite depths of the Universe, the work represents the artist’s meditation over the constant flux of the starry sky. A dark blue pigment characterizes the expression of this poetic work, in which an infinite number of layers of pure pigments have been applied to the aluminium surface by the artist, creating a deep midnight blue. Delicate optic fibers, infused with coloured light, protrude from the surface and create different colour constellations as they appear and disappear in a slow, meditative pace, as designed by the artist. With the ever-changing calm and pensive flow of colours, the artwork seems to breath like a starry sky.
Illimited I is Krogh’s latest piece in a series of luminous sculptures that question the impact of coloured light on our perception. The soft and tactile quality that Krogh manages to give light by means of the optic fibers and the subtle colour transitions, offers the beholder a sensorial color experience unlike any other.
Light artist and textile designer, Astrid Krogh, was born in Denmark in 1968. Krogh graduated from the textile faculty of the Danish Design School, and is today recognized as a leading innovator in the intersecting fields of art, textile design, technology, and architectural intervention. Krogh anchors her art to new technologies by weaving optic strands into iridescent tapestries and creating optic fiber and LED sculptures that glow and illuminate in a rainbow of colors. With the subtle changing of patterns and colourways in the pieces, Astrid Krogh’s work creates a momentary pause in a high-speed world, showing that the cutting edge of art and design is not razor sharp, but as sensuous and soft as the subtle illuminations she creates.
« I like to work with high-tech materials in a low-tech way ».
Combining her textile design skills with technological know-how and state-of-the-art materials, Astrid Krogh started already by the end of the 1990s with monumental optical fiber weavings for various museum exhibitions and site-specific commissions. 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 colourways. « 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 colourways ».
Astrid Krogh succeeds in giving light a soft and tactile quality, proposing a highly original and poetic vocabulary based on contemplative perception and sensual color experience. In pieces like the Meadow or the Sky, the work changes into different hues of colors in a very slowly and hardly perceptible way therefore creating a poetic and sensorial experience.
Astrid Krogh’s works have been shown at various international exhibitions, museums and she has done important site-specific commissions such as the Maersk building, the Danish Parliament and the 21 C Museum in Cincinnati.
« I begin each commission by travelling to the site to look at existing lighting, the flow of human traffic and the general buzz around it », Krogh says. « I set out to truly integrate work into the space so that it becomes a part of it. Every building has a unique atmosphere; every space has its own soul. My work is born out of feeling, yet, takes shape according to the physical characteristics of the space ».
Astrid Krogh’s pieces are published in several important books about contemporary textiles, architecture and design and she has won several design prizes, including The Danish Art Foundation in 2006, 2009 et 2011. Krogh won the Thorvald Bindesboell Medal in 2008 and received the Inga & Ejvind Kold Christensen Prize. In 2015, Astrid Krogh was attributed the Annual Honorary Grant of the National Bank of Denmark and in 2016, she received the Finn Juhl Architecture Prize.
1995 – 1997 Institute for Product Design
1992-1995 Denmark’s Design School: Textile Department
PRIZES AND AWARDS
2016 Finn Juhl Architecture Prize
2015 Annual Honorary Grant of the National Bank of Denmark
2013 Inga og Ejvind Kold Christensens Fonds hæderspris
2012 Knud V Engelhardts Mindelegat
2008 Thorvald Bindesbøll Medaljen Kulturministeriets designpulje, Rejselegat
2007 Non Nobis Fonden / Danish Crafts, Legat til project ‘China Town–limited edition’
2006 Statens Kunstfond, Arbejdslegat / Danish Solarfonden, rejselegat / Crafts, udstillingslegat / Arbejdslegat, Statens Værksteder for Kunst og Håndværk, Gammel Dok Pakhus, København
2004 Danmarks Nationalbanks Jubilæumsfond af 1968
2003 Ole Haslunds Kunstnerfond (kunstnerpris for 2003) Arbejdslegat, Statens Værksteder for Kunst og Håndværk, Gammel Dok Pakhus, København
2002 Statens Kunstfond ́s 3-årige arbejdslegat Danmarks Nationalbanks Jubilæumsfond af 1968
2001 Martha og Paul René Gauguins Fond (fondens kunstnerpris for 2001) Thomas B. Thriges Fond
Augustinus Fonden / Grosserer L.F. Foghts Fond / Danmarks Nationalbanks Jubilæumsfond af 1968 Politikenfonden / Arbejdslegat, Statens Værksteder for Kunst og Håndværk, Gammel Dok Pakhus, København
2000 Arbejdslegat, Statens Værksteder for Kunst og Håndværk, Gammel Dok Pakhus, København
1999 Arbejdslegat, Statens Værksteder for Kunst og Håndværk Gammel Dok Pakhus, KøbenhavnOTHER
2014- 2018 Chairman of the Project Support Committee for Crafts and Design, The Danish Arts Foundation
2007 Boardmember for Denmark’s National Banks Jubilæumsfond af 1968
2006 Boardmember of the Danish Ministry of Culture. Cultural canon http://www.kum.dk/sw37439.asp
2005 Leader of workshop Northern Fibre 06, Finland
2004 Curator, Biennale 2004 (Danish Craft) / Marts—May 2000 / Lecturer, Denmark’s Design School
July 2000 / Member of ‘Stroom’, Den Haags centrum voor beeldende kunst, Holland / April 1999—2004
Redaktionsmedlem af ‘Dansk Kunsthåndværk’
May 1998—September 1999 Undervisningsassistent, Danmarks Designskole
WORKS AND PUBLIC COMMISSIONS
2017 Commission, Church, Rigshositalet, Copenhagen / Commission, Danish University Centre, Beijing
2016 Commission, Children Hospital, Göteborg / Commission, Church, Rigshositalet, Copenhagen
2015 Nykøbing Katedralskole, Denmark / Teglverket Skole, Norway / The Flag Project, 21C Hotels, Durham, USA / Sticks and Sushi, Copenhagen / Longchamp, Paris, France / Printemps, Paris, France / Högskolan / Malmø (Statens Konstfond, Sweden)
2014 Private commission, Los Angeles, USA / Sketch for Longchamp, Paris / Sketch for Frederiksbergbyggeriet, Århus / Sketch for Teglverkets School, Oslo, Norway
2013 Askim Ungdomsskole, Norge / Sketch, “Hospital Lillebælt”
2012 “Lightmail”, 21 C Museum Hotel, Cincinnati, Ohio / Private commission, “Morild”, Paris / Sketch, Danish University Centre, Beijing (The House of the Danish Industry Foundation – Ny Carlsbergfondet) / Sketch, Högskolan, Malmø (Statens Konstfond, Sweden) / Sketch, Nya Karolinska Solna, Stockholm
2011 ‘Kamelia’, Kolding, 4×4 metre Neontapestry / Sketch for “Two Tunnels Project”, Bath; Great Britain / Sketch for Högskolen, Oslo, Norge
2010 ’Myriad’, Ceremony Room, Halden Prison, Norway 5 x 5 metre light tapestry
2009 Vollsmose Kulturhus,, 4 x 4 Light mobile / Gigantium, Aalborg, 5 x 6 meter neontapestry
2008 ’Myriad’, Ceremony room, Halden Prison, Norway (Erik Møller Architects), 5 x 5 metre light tapestry / ’Flower of life’, Sittard Hospital, The Netherlands 5 x 5 metre light mobile
2007 ’Light fall’, NRGI Aarhus (SHL architects) 2 stk 2 x 14 meter light tapestry (optical fibre)
‘Flora’, Kolding Commune, Neon wallpaper, 12 x 11 metres, Dorte Mandrup Architects / ‘Coral’, Birkerød Aktivitetscenter, swim pool Mosaic / 5 x 5 meter
2006 ”Snow flakes”, Bergen, Norway / Løvåsen Sykehjem 8 stk light tapestry, neon, Facade, 8 x 100 metre, Birkerød Aktivitetscenter / Schmidt, Hammer & Lassen Architects (SHL) / Sketch for Mr. S. Gabbana, Portofino, summer residence
2005 Frederiksberg Slots Ridehus / Grønnegades Kulturcenter, Næstved, 2 stk neon tapestry
2003 ‘Polytics’, The Danish Parliament, Christiansborg, 3 x 8 meter neon tapestry / ’Ornament’, 2,6 x 3,6 meters neon tapestry, bought by The National Art Foundation.
2002 Reception, DSB, Sølvgade; København, Glassfacade m. Optical fibre (3x10m)
2001 Design for Coloplast A.S / DSB, Sølvgade, Copenhagen, carpet (8x12m) + 3 stk metal goblin / Mærsk Data A/S, Vibenhus Runddel, Copenhagen, weaving stainless steel + neon (4x14m) / C.F.Møllers Architects
2000 Design for Velux A/S, Denmark
1999 The Royal Library, Diamanten, Copenhagen
2016 Galerie Maria Wettergren, Paris
2015 National Bank, Denmark
2012 Galerie Maria Wettergren, Paris
2011 Design Miami/Basel – Galerie Maria Wettergren
2010 Gallery NB, Viborg
2006 ‘Ideal House, 2006’ IMM Messe, Cologne
2005 ‘Potential volumes by light’ Malmø kunstmuseum
2002 ‘Tapeter’ / Det Dansk Kunstindustrimuseum, Copenhagen
2000 ‘light mail’ Trapholt, Kolding
2017 Design Miami Basel /Galerie Maria Wettergren
Pavillion Arts et Design, Paris + London
2016 Design Nu, Designmuseum Denmark
2015 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston / Design Miami Basel – Galerie Maria Wettergren / Designmuseum Denmark, Copenhagen
2014 Design Miami Basel – Galerie Maria Wettergren / D’Days, Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris / BUILDING WITH TEXTILES – Textile Museum, Tilburg, NL
Pavillion Arts et Design London – Galerie Maria Wettergren; Design Miami Basel – Galerie Maria Wettergren /
2013 D’Days/ Musée Nationale Eugène Delacroix, Paris / Pavillion Arts et Design Paris/ London- Galerie Maria Wettergren ; Design Miami Basel – Galerie Maria Wettergren / The Rijswijk Textile Biennial 2013 / Mindcraft, Il Saloni, Milan
2012 Pavillion Arts et Design, Paris + London “Movements”, Risør Kunstpark, Norge / Design Miami Basel – Galerie Maria Wettergren Design Miami
2011 Pavillion Arts et Design, Paris / 7th Tournai International Triennial of Contemporary Textile Arts Design Miami – Galerie Maria Wettergren
2010 Galerie Maria Wettergren, Paris / ‘It ́s a small world’, Shanghai Cosmos, Silkeborg Bad / Il Saloni, Danish Crafts, Milan
2009 Il Saloni, Milan / “it ́s a small world”, Danish Design Centre
2008 Il Saloni, Milan
2007 Biennalen 2007 Koldinghus
2006 ‘Honey I’m Home’, Danish Design Centre
2005 ‘The 5th Textile Art Biennale Kaunas Lithuania / ‘Index 2005’ / Dansk Design Centre / ‘Konsthandverk / Roda Sten, Göteborg, Sweden / ‘Danish – framing the future of design’ The Danish Center / ‘Use It’ Dansk Design Center, Tokyo
2004 ‘STUFF’ / Danish Crafts, Toronto / ‘The 11.th International Triennial of Tapestry’ Lodz, Poland
2003 ‘Scandinavian Design beyond the Myth’ Kunstgewerbemuseum, Berlin / ‘Derfor’ / Danish Craft, Paustian, Copenhagen
2002 ‘Fremtidens tradition, Danish Craft, Paris
2001 ‘Young Nordic Design: The Generation X’ / Scandinavia House, New York Washington, Mexico, Finland (Design forum), Berlin (Det Nordiske Hus)
2000 ‘Danish Wave’ China