Esther Kläs’ sculptures and paperworks follow an autonomously defined logic that sets her work in relation to episodes of art history, such as minimalism and abstraction, while at the same time authentically positioning it in the here and now of present-day contemporary art. Esther Kläs’ works give rise to an ongoing dialogue between body and environment, which already starts with her process-oriented engagement with plastic materials such as concrete, clay, plaster or artificial resin. Although they are static, Esther Kläs’ sculptures and drawings appear to be in constant motion between object, figure and space. Despite their abstraction, or perhaps precisely because of it, her sculptures and paperworks refer to their own presence that enters into a performative relationship with the body of the beholder. In doing so, Esther Kläs’ works avoid any kind of metaphor or narration in favor of direct experience.
Esther Kläs, born 1981 in Germany, lives and works in Barcelona. Her works are part of institutional collections such as Kolumba Museum Cologne, Kunsthalle Bielefeld or Collection of the Federal Estate of Germany. Up-coming solo exhibitions take place at Fondazione Giuliani Rome and CCA Tel Aviv (both 2019). Previous solo exhibitions have been „Better Energy“, MoMA PS1 New York (2012),“Girare Con Te“, Museo Marino Marini, Florence, Italy (2014), „Our Reality“, Fondazione Brodbeck, Catania, Italy (2015), „Whatness“ (with Johannes Wald), Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany (2016). Her group exhibitions include „Drawing Redefined“, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA, USA, (2015), „Playing by Heart“, Kolumba, Cologne, Germany (2014), KölnSkulptur #7, Cologne, Germany (2013), 6th Prague Biennale (2013), „Champs Elysées“, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2013), „Knight’s move“, Sculpture Center,LIC, New York (2010), „Immaterial“, Ballroom, Marfa, TX, USA (2010) and upcoming a three person show at Kolomba Museum Cologne (2020).