Publication details [#6971]

Kröner, Magdalena and Bill Lohre. 2008. Meine Arbeit ist ein Mittel, mir selbst in diesem Land bewusst zu werden [My work is a means of becoming aware of myself in this land]. 10 pp.


In interview, the New York-based German sculptor Bill Lohre (b.1971) discusses his work. He presents his cardboard miniature sculptures 'Homeland Security' and 'White House (AKA Loaded)' (both 2004; col. illus.) and how they differ from other, politically-themed sculptures he produced after them, explains how his upbringing as a Quaker influences his approach to war and weapons, and reports on the sources of his works and how he develops the multi-faceted connections between the different elements in them. He considers the works 'Katrina the Great', 'Suburbanite', and 'Chutes and Ladders' (all 2007; col. illus.), examines the political dimension of his work, and comments on why contemporary artists with highly political works deny that they are political artists. He outlines how current events and personal experiences inspired or influenced works such as 'Suburbanites' and 'Chutes and Ladders', describes the character of his art as a whole, and concludes by highlighting the metaphor of the toy that appears in most of his works. (LLBA, Accession Number 00534437, (c) CSA [2008]. All rights reserved.)