For the occasion of this years edition of Material Art Fair in Mexico City,
Damien & The Love Guru presents an overview of Christiane Blattmann's
shoe sculptures in dialogue with textile works. The ongoing shoe series,
which the artist started in 2015, combine fictional and actual architecture
and garment. In an elegant twist, buildings are shrunk into model-like size
and paired in two to evoke the image of shoes. No longer model and not yet
use object, the sculptures contemplate on the viewer's agency towards a built
The twin-objects are placed in the space as if in pace and thus imagine an
absent body wearing them. According to the particular scale of the sculptures
the physics of this imagined wearer varies from giant to child. To whom does
architecture belong to ? For whom are houses built for ? What is our relation-
ship to spaces that we pass through day by day ?
These questions are raised by the series in a playful and witty manner.
In the booth pieces from the series ranging from 2016 until 2020 are displayed.
The new artworks produced for Material Art Fair focus on her research received
from a travel grant that brought her to Mexico City in 2013. Blattmann intervenes
in the architecture of the booth, elevating part of the floor onto a stage as a plat-
form to display the shoe sculptures.
The vertical space of the booth is activated by a selection of works which
counterpoint the sculptures: casts in silicone, like many of the shoes as well, but
combined with textile. The flat works represent abstract fragments taken from
nature such as leaves and feathers. The bas-reliefs of the casts evoke a fleshy
and tangible moment and bring the physicality of nature in contrast to the archi-
tectural references. At the same time they both emphasize their sensual qualities.