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Chicago, Illinois

Artist Statement

Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero take an interdisciplinary approach, experimenting with a spectrum of materials and techniques. Interested in the scientific study of the natural world, Luftwerk has been exploring the relationship between art and nature for many years. Asked how they came up with the name Luftwerk, they reply: “We wanted to find a name that reflected how people experience our work.” Luft (air) stands for the short-lived, immaterial, and volatile properties of their favorite material, light. Werk (work, artwork) alludes to the materiality of surfaces, structures, and methods, and defines the framework in which the light takes shape.

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Artist Biography

The duo met in 1999 while studying at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and soon discovered a shared interest in temporary installations that transform spaces using light, color, and temperature, prompting them to found their own studio. Luftwerk has created interventions at locations including Chicago’s Millennium Park, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House and Fallingwater, Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, McCormick House, Barcelona Pavilion, Chicago Rooms at the Chicago Cultural Center, the Marcel Breuer designed Central Library of Atlanta and are currently developing an exhibition for the Cheekwood Estate & Gardens in Nashville.



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