Kristiina Lahde

Circulate, detail of installation. Discarded file cards, rearranged. 2018

Kristiina Lahde's solo exhibition In and Out of Order is at OBORO in Montreal from February 3 to March 17, 2018. Curated by Claudine Hubert.

Kristiina Lahde is included in a project by Yvonne Lammerich and Ian Carr-Harris titled Voices: artists on art which travels to the Southern Alberta Art Gallery (SAAG) in Lethbridge, Alberta, opening February 17, 2018.

Kristiina Lahde is represented by MKG127, Toronto.

Kristiina Lahde gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Toronto Arts Council.

Kristiina Lahde is an artist from Toronto, Canada. She received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) in 1999. Kristiina Lahde was nominated for the Sobey Art Award Longlist 2013. Lahde's work is on the cover if the Spring 2013 issue of C Magazine with a feature article by Kristin Campbell. Lahde’s work is in the collection of the Canada Council Art Bank.

I alter and re-format ordinary objects and materials through a process of geometric re-organization in which measurement and pattern play a significant role. I find the overlooked potential of envelopes, newspapers, telephone books and measuring tapes. I manipulate and de-familiarize them in ways that shift, expand, invert, or otherwise transform their internal logic. I’ve been systematically re-formatting measuring tools, by cutting and reconfiguring them into geometric shapes and patterns.

My recent work engages with architecture and site to investigate tension and gravity. Using geometric forms such as the square, circle, triangle, cube, sphere, pyramid I re-imagine elementary shapes and objects that mediate our relationship with and understanding of the physical world. However, by highlighting the process of their making and subjecting them to unusual situations, I reveal both the structure and collapse of their functionality.