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Kai Althoff

Kai Althoff

Currently lives and works in New York, New York

It begins with this: a long piece of dried grass placed on a cone shaped object and left on a lunch table, perhaps evoking playfulness, melancholy, and the precarious balance of life.  For the German-born artist Kai Althoff, this fleeting image became the seed of the idea for the sculptural installation seen here.  Made of green resin with a yellow wooly mane, and encircled by the dancing feet of orange iron figures that comprise the bars around it, a caged lion exists at the literal and conceptual center of this group, and all else revolves around it: a wrought iron shop window, two cones with steel spires balanced precariously on top of each, and an acrobatic woman, elongated and bending backwards, her hands reaching for the sky.  Something mystical is at play, a strangely ineffable grouping vaguely suggestive of the Carnival, the zoo, and the Circus, simultaneously delighting as innovative formalist examples of color, shape, and form.

On view at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery