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. Recently, I’ve been systematically re-formatting measuring tools, 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.
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’s 2015 solo exhibition ULTRA-PARALLEL at the Koffler Gallery garnered high praise with reviews in The Star, Akimbo, and Canadian Art. Lahde’s work has been exhibited at 57W57 Arts, New York, The Power Plant, Toronto and the 2011 Biennale de Montréal. She was a Long-List nominee for the Sobey Art Award in 2013. Lahde’s work is in the collection of the Canada Council Art Bank. Lahde has an upcoming solo exhibition at OBORO in Montreal.