Luftwerk /   Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero

United States 2007


Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero
United States
September 28, 2015
Ok, I know it's so damn corny to quote somebody just to describe yourself, let alone Confucius, but this quote says all about my relationship with Widewalls, so forgive me for doing this: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Am I forgiven?

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.

Luftwerk is stationed in Chicago.

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YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Refractions, Silent FunnyChicago, ILSolo
2015Degrees of LightnessGlass Curtain Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
2014Into And Out OfThe Franklin, Chicago, ILSolo
2013HorizonEXPO CHICAGO, Navy Pier, Chicago, ILSolo
2013SHIFTThe Chicago Rooms, The Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, ILSolo
2011FluxP3 Studio, The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, NVSolo
2010DriftlessAmerican Institute of Architects DesCours, New Orleans, LASolo
2010Projecting ModernThe Frederick C. Robie House, Chicago, ILSolo
2010A Forest WithinChicago Loop Alliance, Chicago, ILSolo
2009ConvergenceMuseum of Contemporary Art Warehouse, Chicago, ILSolo
2009SeacurrenceAudible Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
2007AdriftMichigan Avenue Galleries, The Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, ILSolo
2007Humble SkyCaro d'Offay Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
2006DoppelgängerHyde Park Art Center, Chicago, ILSolo