Installations are a complex and expansive part of Lilli Elsners artwork. For some individual sculptures this corresponds directly with the paintings. On this website just a small facet of the artwork is exemplified. Due to copyright protection a comprehensive documentation of the installations and sculptures is only available on request.

“I believe in the utopia of freedom.
I have no doubt that this utopia,
combined with art, will become an
unstoppable force.”

The installation Crooked level – wingless conveys a clash of interests between the market, the environment, energy efficiency, climate protection, demand for mobility and consumption, and spaces for action, design, and participatory decision-making.

The installation Crooked level – wingless calls into question the global primacy of a technophile focus on the future in which the profit-oriented distributive force is elevated to the supreme authority.

The necessity to speed up evolution ecologically becomes an object of longing and desire.

Lilli Elsner

Crooked level – wingless, installation, 2022

Detail from the installation Crooked level – wingless, 2022

Detail of the installation Crooked level – wingless, 2022

 

Rather than arriving at harmonious holistic insights, my art seeks out zones of experimentation, moments of upheaval, and untapped spaces in between, looking for what’s hidden beneath the surface-skin.

These installations are works of art that navigate an embattled space between the market, distributive justice, intensified use of resources, and productivity maximization. Today’s digitalized, globalized, and deeply commercialized consumer society calls for an artistic transformation.

The 2020–21 installation The Flows Rushing, consisting of a five-meter canoe crashing through a wall built out of several hundred fuel canisters, symbolizes the collision of interests between freedom and the market.

In light of current events, the installation The Flows Rushing pokes at an uncomfortable subject: the dominance of fossil-fuel based decision-making during the dramatic circumstances of wartime.

I’m vitally preoccupied with the debate over the conflict between market, environment, sustainability, individualism, and the common good. The work addresses the conflicting requirements posed by economic versus social infrastructure. As a metaphor for borderlessness, economics, and technology as driving forces of progress and optimism, the installation becomes a site of transformation—the canoe’s breakthrough—and thus embodies a cycle of distress imbued with hopes for emancipation, for breaking free.

Lilli Elsner

Detail of the installation The Flows Rushing, Studio of Lilli Elsner, 2020-21

Detail of the installations The Flows Rushing, 2020–21 and UN AID – Not for Sale, 2021

UN AID – Not for Sale, 2021           

The Last Trial, 2022

UN AID – Not for Sale, 2021

Left: The Last Trial, 2022
Center: UN AID – Not for Sale, 2021
Right: Wedding Party, 2021

Detail of the installation Myth of the Amazons: The Flows Rushing, 2021

Details of the installation Myth of the Amazons: The Flows Rushing, 2021

Details of the installation Mobilization, 2020

Crisis, 2020       

Caesura, 2020        

The Sun Presses, 2020

Bringing through the Caravan, 2020

Detail of the installation Over Confidence, 2020   

Overconfidence, 2020

Detail of the installation Crisis, 2020   

From the Sun I Drink No Longer, 2020

The Myth of the Amazons: When the silk breaks
detail of the installation, 2020
3m x 10m x 10m

The Myth of the Amazons: When the silk breaks
detail of the installation, 2020
3m x 10m x 10m

The Myth of the Amazons: When the silk breaks
detail of the installation, 2020
3m x 10m x 10m