Chain on Chain

Chain on Chain

14 October 2014 — 29 November 2014

14 Oct 2014 — 29 Nov 2014

Camilla Løw:

Chain on Chain

There is that often quoted line by Buckminster Fuller, typically cosmic in its outlook, which declares that ‘there are no straight lines in the universe’. Oscar Niemeyer wrote something similar about his ambivalence to the hard angle in his Poema da Curva. The difference between constructed form – that is those made industrially at the initiation of man – and organic form, lies at the heart of Camilla Løw’s modular, often playful, concrete and steel, glass and fabric sculptures.


Recently the Glasgow-educated, Oslo-based, artist has begun to make this interest explicit. Take the 2013 installation One Night Only, a series of cast concrete floor-based objects, each taking a different simple angular shape as its form — a trapezoid for example, a pentagon — all smooth in polished surface, bar a small hollow on the top. They are aesthetically pleasing, tactile, blocks in there own right: they ask one to consider the space that their heftiness is taking up. They are both blocks and blockages of space.


Yet Løw glosses such meditations on the innate physicality of the sculptures with a further, social, humanistic, layer. Brightly, gaily, sprouting from the top of one concrete lump is a huddle of planted flowers. The delicate, organic variation of their petals, and messiness of their untameable stalks, grow at odds with the precision lines of the container. The flowers give the sculpture a pragmatic purpose: a suggestion of the municipal furniture of the city, of public space and human desire. The flowers elevate the work beyond minimalism and into everyday life.


It is with this understanding that we can evaluate much of Løw’s recent work. Take her solo exhibition in 2013 at Elastic Gallery, Malmø. As well a series in which similar concrete blocks are rested on wall-hung oak frames, inducing thoughts of the domestic design, the exhibition also included Fever, a floor-based metal sheet leant on the gallery wall. Yet the pleasing pristine spray-painted yellow surface has being disrupted by a series of gauged incisions. It’s a violent, perhaps passionate work, purposely at odds with the lineage of art history the unharmed sheet might have sought after.


The artist will frequently use cord too — teasing the viewer with the imprecision of the material — strung up with different types of knots. In Joy (2009) for example, in which a platted multicoloured rope droops low in a loop from a white frame, the question of the artist’s control arises. The exact, immobile placement of the latter; placed with purpose, at odds with the seeming arbitrary hang of the latter. It’s this minimalist aesthetic and formalist materiality, combined with an interest in human interaction; that marks the artist out.


For her forthcoming exhibition at Belmacz, London, Løw will take this theme further, utilising this unique setting to experiment with lines of sight and the demarcation of space, to question how we interact with objects within a spatial environment. Hanging planes of colour – both opaque and transparent – will colonise the space, alternatively obstructing and revealing the interior architecture of the gallery. As the viewer manouvers around the sculptures, looks through them, looks around them, the work gives rise to the fundamental question of whether art lies within the intrinsic object, or within the viewer’s activation of the material.


The Glasgow School of Art Development Trust


Belmacz & Camilla Løw are passionate about Glasgow School of Art from where Camilla graduated in 2001. Anyone who would love to help can contribute to the collection for the historic Mackintosh building. Donations can be made in the following ways…

Cheques can be made out to:
The Glasgow School 
of Art Development Trust

Donations can be made via The Big Give:

Other ways to support can be found here:
  • Colour of Day

    Installation View

  • Antenna

    Camilla Løw

    Antenna, 2014

    Hand painted oak
    20 x 20 x 20cm

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    Installation View

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    Installation View

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    Installation View

  • New Pattern Blue

    Camilla Løw

    New Pattern Blue, 2014

    Powder coated steel
    45 × 36cm

  • Vertical Sun

    Camilla Løw

    Vertical Sun, 2014

    hand painted in enamel on aluminium & cord
    63cm × variable height

  • Horizontal Neon

    Camilla Løw

    Horizontal Neon, 2014

    hand painted in enamel on aluminium & cord
    75cm × variable height

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    Installation View

  • Chain on Chain

    Camilla Løw

    Chain on Chain, 2014

    spray painted oak and cord
    4cm × variable height

  • Chain on Chain (detail)

    Camilla Løw

    Chain on Chain (detail)

  • Red

    Camilla Løw

    Red, 2014

    spray painted steel
    118 × 118cm

  • New Patterns

    Camilla Løw

    New Patterns, 2014

    polished concrete and marble dust
    104.5 × 20cm (each part 25.3 × 20 × 20cm)

  • Dice

    Camilla Løw

    Dice, 2014

    enamel, hand painted oak
    4.5 × 4.5 × 4.5cm


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