Nick Kramer

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Artist Statement

Existing between sculpture, painting, and collage, my work is a meditation on permeable and changing bodies. With head- and hand-sized hollows as well as alluring color and texture, I try to disgustingly approximate a living thing. I seek out a moment of discovery where, through a process that I catalyze, what I make is broken down and made new to me, as if found. I cast collages in resin not to multiply, but to reconstitute and distort via the transformation from solid to liquid and back again. I think of my art as an auxiliary organ, a holistic accessory to myself. It is a special extension of my body, used for processing material and ideas; a way to combine, distill, consume and disseminate. My works are consonant with the fear of a contaminated body and metastatic processes—both in form and because they are made from polyester resin. Although visually lush, I intend to invoke a creature consumed and distorted by its own consumptive or productive being.

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Education:

2008

University of Southern California Roski School of Fine Art. Los Angeles, CA, MFA.

2001

Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY, BA.

One Person Exhibitions

2013

The Quick Brown Fox Jumped Over The Lazy Dog And Went To Sleep Forever, METROPCS, Los Angeles, CA.

2011

“The Thing About This Town”, Anthony Greaney, Boston., MA .

2009

“Mobilin X”, Laural Gitlen/Small A Projects, New York, NY.

2008

Thesis Exhibition, USC Roski Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

2007

“Nick Kramer in the Roski Gallery”, USC Roski Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

“WTFTF”, USC Roski Gallery. Los Angeles, CA.

Group Exhibitions:

2015

The Year of the Goose, Either Way LA, Los Angeles, CA.

“Tribal Tats”, Arturo Bandini, Los Angeles, CA.

“The Bloody Red Sun of Fantastic L.A.”, PIASA, Paris, France. Curated by Rene-Julien Praz.

“By Any Human Measure”, M+B, Los Angeles, CA.

“Crude Alchemies”, Loudhailer, Los Angeles, CA

2014

METROPCS Showcase, Freehand Hotel, Miami, FL.

“DuckRabbit”, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA.

2013

“The Privilege Show”, Control Room, Los Angeles, CA*.

2012

“Hot Time Tub Machine”, CANADA, New York, NY.*

2011

“Painting Show/Sculpture Garden”, Iceberg Projects, Chicago, IL. Curated by Andrew Greene.

“On Forgery: Is One Thing Better Than Another?”, LA><ART, Los Angeles, CA. Curated by Andrew Berardini and Lesley Moon.

“Who’s The Father of Learning?” Nick Kramer and Josh Mannis, Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

“Americans and Apricots”, Hillary Crisp, London. Curated by Justin Beal.*

“Anthony Greaney, Samson, DAN GRAHAM”, Cottage Home, Los Angeles, CA. With Anthony Greaney ltd.

2010

“Last Minute Intervention”, Shoshana Wayne/SW2, Santa Monica, CA. Curated by Marichris Ty

“Air Pressure”, Glendale College Art Gallery, Glendale, CA. Curated by Roger Dickes

2009

“The Awful Parenthesis”, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Curated by Aram Moshayedi

“Boothfle Booth – Booth: Deux Doox – Hollywood Biennial”, Pauline, Los Angeles, CA.*

“Everything Must Go”, Kreiling &, Los Angeles, CA.

2008

“8 Is Enough”, USC Roski Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

2007

“Raise High The Roof Beam”, Rainbow Club. Chicago, IL.

2006

“I DO YOU DO ME”, USC Roski Gallery. Los Angeles, CA.

Group Show, CANADA, New York, NY. Curated by Joe Bradley.

2003

“Bucket O’ Drawings”, The ATM Gallery, Miami Beach, FL.

2001

“Need You to Be There, Angles of Incidence, the Volatile Real”, U.B.S. Gallery, Red Hook, NY. Organized by the Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies.

Projects

2015

“Animals With Human Rights and Humans With Animal Rights”. ArtBandini Los Angeles (Curator) (Forthcoming, January 2016).

“Sixty Minutes”, Vanity Projects, Miami, FL and New York, NY. Organized by Courtney Childress.

“Men Kill Each Other Because They Can’t Love Each Other”- A Flag by Josh Mannis and Nick Kramer, METROPCS, Los Angeles, CA.

2012

“Pure Smoke Culture” Anthony Greaney, Boston, MA. (Curator)*

2011

“Chinese Takeout”, Art In General, New York, NY. Organized by Jason Losh.

2010

“Two Sculptures for Iko Iko”, Iko Iko, Los Angeles, CA.

2009

“The Hybrid Monster With Two Heads”, The Mandrake, Los Angeles, CA.

“All Things Being Equal”, Kathleen Neeley Macomber Travel Grant Exhibition, USC Roski Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

Awards

2012

California Community Foundation Fellowship For Visual Artists.

2010

Leon Levy Foundation Grant.

2008

Kathleen Neeley Macomber Travel Grant.

Bibliography

2015

“Trois Contes d’une Ville en Fleurs”, Travis Diehl, Bloody Red Sun of Fantastic L.A. PIASA.

2014

“Nine Alternative Art Spaces to Check Out Now”, Carol Chen, LA Weekly, March, 24.

2013

A Year Of Change And Range In Local Galleries”, Cate McQuaid, The Boston Globe, December 24.

“Art Class”, Catherine Wagley, LA Weekly, June 28-July

2013

“What’s up in Local Art Galleries”, Cate McQuaid, The Boston Globe, January 1.

“Short List: Hot Tub Time Machine”, The New Yorker, January.

2011

“Painting Show/Sculpture Garden Catalog”, John Schmidt.

“Americans and Apricots”, RG, Time Out London, April.

“Two Untitled Texts By Michael Ned Holte on the Occasion of the Exhibition “The Thing About this Town” at Anthony Greaney, Boston, MA, Michael Ned Holte.

2009

“Boothle Booth-Booth:Deux Doox – The Hollywood Biennale,” Michael Ned Holte, Artforum, April.

2008

Sourcebook, published by the USC Roski School of Fine Art.