Lara Koch

Koch lara portrait gregor hildebrandt jungekunst

The Moving Moment

Working in monochrome across a range of print techniques, sculpture and oil on canvas, Lara Koch’s art marks the moving moment; the moment that is a movement. Her diverse range of expressions – from finely worked yet semi-automatic drawings, to inky depths and diaphanous fields of pigment; from rhythmical overlaying of linear designs, to cut up compositions in paint – convey an existential charge, mirroring the actions that have made them. Her work longs for sensual moments, physical fusion and connectedness; memoirs, frozen movement, intertwined rustling bodies, a kiss. It seeks the language of daydreaming, music, nature and poetry to convey the incomprehensible essence of being, creating art as a moment of lost self.

Koch’s works echo the rhythms and biologies of life.

For TheArtists Koch presents works made since 2018 in a variety of printed techniques, from gestural monotypes such as Dance sur papier that directly imprint the touch of the artist or which, like Oder 1 and 2 build up a mysterious intensity of pigment, to lino cuts of gossamer delicacy and lithographs full of figurative fluidity and flourish. In their ebb and flow, darkness and light and their formal fecundity, Koch’s works echo the rhythms and biologies of life, exploring man’s relationship to nature and connections between inner and outer worlds. In this they tread in the footsteps of Klee, not only in taking a line for a walk, but following his philosophy that “The artist is human, himself nature; part of nature within natural space.”

Other influences and correspondences come to mind through Koch’s draughtsmanship. Densely crammed and exaggerated faces recall works by Ensor or Grosz. Picasso’s influence looms large in the most graphic of her works, meanwhile Koch’s painting Rêve and her photo collage Kalon suggest a homage to the collages of Hannah Höch.

Text by Gair Burton

Biography Lara Koch


born 1993 in Munich, Germany


Education

since 2019 Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich, Germany / Painting and Graphics, Class Prof. Gregor Hildebrandt

2019 Bachelor of Arts at the University of Applied Sciences, Munich, Germany


Exhibitions
(selection)

2021
Supermarkt Frische Lieferung, Group Show, Rewe Premium Munich, Germany

2020
Galerie Rodzlø, Berlin, Germany
ART LAB, Galerie Benjamin Eck, Munich, Germany
Der River, Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig, Germany

2019
ÜBER:BRÜCKEN, Delphi Galerie, Freiburg, Germany
Kalashnikov Galerie, Munich, Germany
Abulia, Lou and Louis Galerie, Munich, Germany
Superbooks, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany

2018
Image Itself, Studio H is the Shit, Munich, Germany
Photo18, Praterinsel, Munich, Germany

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Lara Koch in her studio.

Works by Lara Koch

  • Koch lara untitled vogel lithographie gregor hildebrandt muenchen

    Untitled

    Lithography / 47 x 32 cm / 18.5 x 12.6 in (framed) / €470

  • Koch lara untitled monotypie kopf gregor hildebrandt jungekunstsold

    Untitled

    Monotype / each 40 x 30 cm / 15.7 x 11.8 in (framed) / €800

  • Koch lara soi mon air linoldruck gregor hildebrandt jungekunst

    Sois Mon Air

    Linoleum print on paper / each 40 x 30 cm / 15.7 x 11.8 in (framed) / €850

  • Koch lara kalon kunstdruck gregor hildebrandt jungekunst

    Kalon

    Art Print / each 75 x 52 cm / 29.5 x 20.5 in (framed) / €1,050

  • Koch lara odor monotypie gregor hildebrandt jungekunst

    Odor

    Monotype / each 40 x 30 cm / 15.7 x 11.8 in (framed) / €600

  • Koch lara untitled10 litografie gregor hildebrandt muenchen

    Untitled

    Lithography / 62 x 42 cm / 24.4 x 16.5 in (framed) / €650

  • Koch lara untitled koerper monotypie gregor hildebrandt muenchen

    Untitled

    Monotype / 40 x 30 cm / 15.7 x 11.8 in (framed) / €430

  • Koch lara dansesurpapier monotypie gregor hildebrandt muenchen

    Danse sur papier

    Monotype / 40 x 30 cm / 15.7 x 11.8 in (framed) / €460

  • Koch lara nelipot monotypie rahmen gregor hildebrandt muenchen

    Nelipot

    Monotype / 40 x 30 cm / 15.7 x 11.8 in (framed) / €450

  • Koch lara untitled avanti tusche gregor hildebrandt muenchen

    Untitled

    Ink on paper / 30 x 40 cm / 11.8 x 15.7 in (framed) / €600

  • Koch lara reve gregor hildebrandt muenchen jungekunst

    Rêve

    Oil on canvas / 45 x 30 cm / 17.7 x 11.8 in / €900