n°73/ Poetic Chemistry

June 2013


by Nathalie Azoulai


Germans were always good at chemistry. Young artist Luka Fineisen confirms the skill. She creates vast installations to describe what phase transitions are, just like in thermodynamics. Using frost, foam, viscous liquids or molten metal, she shows the shifts between solid, liquid and gaseous states of matter. Her work is dichotomous, monumental and fragile, scientific and sensuous, always in the process of being created and destroyed. Just have a look at her giant bubbles on the floor: so very about to pop. Sometimes contemporary art would be science if it was not for the unexpected poetic subtlety. The most wonderful, perfect little thing can tilt over into something bad just because of one single word. Or into nothing.

 Luka Fineisen