Middelburg, the Netherlands, 1984. Lives and works in the Hague and Amsterdam.
Lilian Kreutzberger is a Dutch artist who works on the intersection of painting, photography, sculpture, and digital imaging.Kreutzberger is interested in the ‘physical shadow’ of what Rosalind Krauss calls 'the Grid' (that 'turns its back on nature’), the seductive qualities of the architectural model, and the limits of the model as a tool (i.e. as an instrument of rationalization and control).The model can be understood as a utopian projection that felt right at home within 20th century Modernism. But what remains of it today?
Kreutzberger’s recent works are derived from computer-generated blueprints for a faux-modernist architectural model of her own design (her previous project entitled ’Engineering Hope’). Executed in laser-cut wood, plaster, pigments, and photographic transfers, there is a grittiness and low-tech quality to the work. These deliberate imperfections are all the more essential since Kreutzberger juxtaposes the residues of said 20th-century utopianism with the reality of the information age: the question of whether reality does or does not match the previously-imagined gains new meaning in a world in which digitalization promises endless opportunities.