born, Heidelberg, Germany
lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, USA
..........once upon a time there was a world: whimsical, humorous, synthetic, girly, intimate, alien, glittering, sexy, soft, innocent, explicit, humming and obscure..........
Andrea Loefke is a German-born sculptor and installation artist with a Masters degree in art education from University of Leipzig, Germany, and an MFA in sculpture from Ohio State University, Columbus. After moving to New York in 2003, she was awarded a residency at the MacDowell Colony (Peterborough, NH) and a one-year studio fellowship at Smack Mellon (Brooklyn, NY). Loefke has shown extensively in over thirty exhibitions throughout the United States, Germany. Notable venues include: Islip Art Museum (East Islip, NY), The Sculpture Center (Cleveland, OH), Heidelberger Kunstverein (Heidelberg, Germany), Grounds for Sculpture (Hamilton, NJ), Michael Steinberg Gallery (New York, NY), Kasia Kay Art Projects (Chicago, IL), Galerie Schuster (Frankfurt, Germany), Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA), Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, SUNY College (Old Westbury, NY), Downtown Gallery, University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN), and Farbraum at Radialsystem (Berlin, Germany).
Loefke's vivid multimedia assemblages in solo exhibitions have received critical recognition from a number of publications including Artforum, Sculpture, Brooklyn Rail and Frankfurter Allgemeine. The May 2008 issue of Sculpture featured an extended interview with British art critic Paul Black. That same year Loefke completed a three-month residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (Omaha, Nebraska) and a collaborative performance project, “Ausflug ins Gruene” (Outing to Greenwood), with the University of Michigan. In 2009, Loefke was commissioned to create a site-specific, permanent installation for the SØR Rusche Collection in Berlin, Germany. She received the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award in March 2010. Commissioned early 2012, Loefke completed a large-scale, two-dimensional work for Central Park Place (New York, NY). In November 2013, she will be exhibiting her largest and most elaborate installation up to date at Smack Mellon Gallery in Brooklyn, New York.
Andrea Loefke is currently an adjunct professor in Sculpture at Pratt Institute in New York. Her work is found in numerous private collections, and the Bezirksärztekammer (Karlsruhe, Germany).
Smack Mellon Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
opening reception: November 23rd, 5-8pm
November 23rd- January 5th, 2014