About Louise Kruger
In addition to receiving an academic art education, Louise Kruger was trained in shipbuilding, metal-working, and woodblock printing—a composite education that accounts in part for her blocky aesthetic and preference for wood and bronze. Like the work of William King and Marisol Escobar, Kruger’s pieces are inspired by folk art and craft; her practice also includes works in embroidery and patchwork, but she is best known for her sculptures of the human figure in motion. Kruger’s aesthetic is characterized by a simplified approach to depicting and suggesting the body’s postures: in Untitled (Small White Figure), for example, a single notch evokes an anatomical break in the torso. Her practice subtly threads divergent styles, variously featuring sinuously rounded forms and hard geometric shapes.
American, 1924-2013, Los Angeles, California