Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger’s installations commingle the natural with the synthetic, and link the spontaneous to the storied. Rooted equally in fantasy and allegory, their webs of falling gardens and crystal accretions offer interactive wonderlands. But, as with any good fairly tale, they include a layer of dark undergrowth.
Each site-specific project fuses discarded objects, plant material, chemical-solutions, dreams, and researched miracles into narrative platforms of charmed play. Always alive, their circulatory networks form organisms of mutable organization and value, extending the limits of belief to inspiring or critical ends. Pumping and germinating throughout the exhibition, Steiner & Lenzlinger’s installations spin open-ended fables of consumption, production, transformation, and decay.
Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger live and work in Uster, Switzerland, and have collaborated since 1997. Individual exhibitions include Night Moths in the Whale Belly, Artium, Fukuoka, Japan (2006); Seelenwärmer, Stiftsbibliothek, St. Gallen, Switzerland (2005); and Giardino Calante, 50th Venice Biennale, Italy (2003). Group exhibitions include ARS ’06, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland (2006); 1st International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Seville, Spain (2004); and Wurzelbehandlung, Rose c’est la vie, National Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel (2004).