Esther Klas

German-born Esther Kläs has developed a distinctive visual language that harks back to the great sculptural traditions of the twentieth century – including post-war abstraction and minimalism – while simultaneously challenging contemporary sculptural norms. Using malleable materials that can be worked by hand – cement, clay, plaster, Styrofoam and resin – Kläs is a process-based sculptor who maintains an intimate physical relationship with her work. Interested in the dynamics of group sculptures, Kläs often creates human-scale ensembles that seem governed by their own internal and external logic. Her practice frequently addresses stasis and movement, with her sculptures eliciting specific gestures and motions from viewers. Kläs is attentive to her inner experience as well as external reality, and her sculptures and works on paper appear at once as mysterious presences and projections of a poetic imagination. Differing relations of scale, asymmetry, and the contrast between light and dark colours, also play a central role in her work.

Esther Kläs (b. 1981, Mainz, Germany) lives and works in Barcelona. Recent exhibitions include ola/wave, Proyecto AMIL, Lima, Peru (2017-2018); Our Reality, Fondazione Brodbeck, Catania, Italy (2015-2016); Whatness, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany (2015); Girare Con Te, Marino Marini Museum, Florence, Italy (2014); Esther Kläs: Better Energy, MoMA PS1, NY, USA (2012).

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Esther Klas

Works

Chair

2014

Aquaresin, pigment, wooden folding chair
225 × 99 × 133 cm

3 chairs

2016

wood, bronze, metal 78 x 225 x 50 cm

Hi/ O

2017

bronze, wood, rope, water-based resin and pigment

315,5 x 286,5 x 166 cm

ola / wave

2017

installation view Proyecto AMIL, Lima

ALL (eng/de)

2016

colored pencil on paper

28,2 × 21 cm

Besides

2016

Hydrocal, metal, pigment
161,5 × 24,5 × 7 cm

Our Reality

2015

installation view
Fondazione Brodbeck, Catania

Ferma (5)

2015

installation view

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA

HERE

2014

Iron, rubber, rope 105 × 173 × 111 cm

PART 3

2014

Aluminum, aquaresin, pigment, concrete, styrofoam
226 × 232 × 140 cm

III

2014

Aquaresin, pigment, rope 240 × 103 × 23 cm

Girare con te

2014

installation view Museo Marino Marini, Florence

0/6 (rumba)

2013

Concrete, bronze, pigment, stainless steel wire
120 x 194 x 330 cm