Lumen Ligneum, 2017, 3 profiler, video projector, 2,5 x 15 x 5 m, Neue Galerie Landshut, Germany
A major part of Hinrich Gross’ works are site-specific projections such as the one on the upper floor of the Gothic Barn. In the truest sense of the word, the height of the room was decisive for this installation. The size of the floor squares, which the artist and architect projected onto the wooden floor and depicted on the end wall, is derived from this “primal dimension”.
The imaginary spatial images created in this way superimpose the real architecture and allow it to recede into the background. The surrounding space remains in the non-light and thus changes its structure-giving quality. A new order characterizes the sense of space with its calm, geometric aesthetics and depth effect. Through the illusionistic continuation of the floor at the front of the barn, the walkable space expands all-embracingly in our perception.
When the viewer enters the installation, however, this perception turns out to be a conundrum. But this is not a soap bubble bursting, rather a second level is exposed and turns the hitherto static installation into a moving one: in a subtle allusion to the video work developed by Sol de Witt for Lucinda Childs in 1979, a random dance of shadows begins as each visitor enters, entering into an exciting interaction with the clear order of the floor grid and making the recipient a part of the installation.
Stephanie Rilling- Gilles M.A.