Luftwerk is an American artistic duo made by Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero. They are focused on exploration of what makes one space to become a place within urban and natural environments.
Petra Bachmaier earned a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as MFA from the Hamburg Academy of Arts with special honors. Sean Gallero received a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Bachmaier and her partner Gallero created in 2007 a multi-media art project they called Luftwerk. Their unified artistic vision merged visual elements of light while projecting video material with sculptural facets of architecture and design.
Ever since that time, Luftwerk has been examining the relationship between light, form, and material through their large-scale and site-specific installations. Their interconnected works tend to immerse viewers in a sophisticated experience of sight, color, and sound. It’s a process of projecting an idea as visual poetry, capturing the realm where the origin of light and its image travel to its destination.
Experimenting with those elements, Luftwerk was trying to catch all those invisible, but very much present connections between architecture, environment and the community.
Luftwerk has been transforming many diverse locations such as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House and Fallingwater; Chicago’s Millennium Park, P3 Studio in Las Vegas, an abandoned Woolworth’s store in New Orleans…
Luftwerk and their installations opened a brand new aesthetic conversation with many public through its histories and concepts.
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|2015||Refractions, Silent Funny||Chicago, IL||Solo|
|2015||Degrees of Lightness||Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago, IL||Solo|
|2014||Into And Out Of||The Franklin, Chicago, IL||Solo|
|2013||Horizon||EXPO CHICAGO, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL||Solo|
|2013||SHIFT||The Chicago Rooms, The Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL||Solo|
|2011||Flux||P3 Studio, The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, NV||Solo|
|2010||Driftless||American Institute of Architects DesCours, New Orleans, LA||Solo|
|2010||Projecting Modern||The Frederick C. Robie House, Chicago, IL||Solo|
|2010||A Forest Within||Chicago Loop Alliance, Chicago, IL||Solo|
|2009||Convergence||Museum of Contemporary Art Warehouse, Chicago, IL||Solo|
|2009||Seacurrence||Audible Gallery, Chicago, IL||Solo|
|2007||Adrift||Michigan Avenue Galleries, The Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL||Solo|
|2007||Humble Sky||Caro d'Offay Gallery, Chicago, IL||Solo|
|2006||Doppelgänger||Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL||Solo|