Contact
mail(at)kim.collmer.com

Atelier-Quartier am Hafen


Biography

Kim Collmer is an interdisciplinary artist working with painting, sculpture, and video. Currently living in Cologne, she grew up in both the US and Germany. Collmer received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Sculpture. Here she developed her first animations combined with installation. Since then, she has expanded her work to include collage and painting. She has taught at the School of the Art Institute, the University of Arts Berlin and the University of Arts Bremen, among others.

Kim Collmer has exhibited internationally with art exhibitions in the US and Europe and film screenings worldwide. Her animations have been described as having "an epic sweep" by the New York Times and she has been compared to Alexander Calder for her films' childlike charm by the New Yorker. In 2019 she screened her recent film Silver Seeds at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the oldest experimental film festival in North America.

When working in her Cologne studio, Collmer fluctuates between screen and real-time creation. Often employing found materials such as old books, art magazines, and painted cut-outs, she creates collages that are both sculptural and pictorial, playing with spatial perception and environment construction. These collages focus on patterns, textures, and forms, referencing repetition found in minimalism, time-based media, and machinic production. Most importantly, though is the theme of location. Having moved many times, the concept of home, location and landscape are integral to the work. The contentiousness of painting is also central to the current work, and although the focus is on materiality, there is still a nod to the immersion of images, teasing that curious tension between screen and physical spaces, as well as all the spaces in-between.

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Education
MFA, Sculpture, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2001
Post-Baccalaureate, Art & Technology, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1999

Solo exhibitions and screenings(selected)
2020 Solo Film Presentation, Directors Lounge, Berlin
2019 Spaces real or imagined, Q18 Galerie, Cologne
2017 Lines dividing…, Q18 Galerie, Cologne
2017 Solo Film Presentation, Temporary Gallery, Cologne
2016 Conquering Place, Q18 Galerie, Cologne

Group Exhibitions- Selection 2020-2007
Human Resources, Los Angeles/ Art Piq Showroom, Susanne Neuberg Gallery Duesseldorf/ Wasser, Bethlehem Kirche, Meerbusch / Schaufenster, Berlin / KUNSTHALLE, Weißensee, Berlin / Mentoring Program Exhibition, Universität der Künste, Berlin / Köln um halb acht, Temporary Gallery, Köln / Kreuzberg Pavilion, Berlin / Bronx Art Space, New York / Surface Tension: the Museum, Kitchener, Canada; World Science Festival, Eyebeam, New York; Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin / Newton Art Center, Massachusetts / Museum of New Art, Detroit / Tracing Mobility, Haus der Kultur der Welt, Berlin / Temporary Space, Houston / Gallery 801, New York / Boot’s Contemporary Arts Space, St. Louis / Post-Cinema, RMIT University, Melbourne / Arizona Museum for Youth, Tucson / Platform Animation Festival, Pacific Northwest College of the Arts, Portland

Film Presentations and Festivals- Selection 2020-2007
Stockholm Experimental Animation Festival/ Geelong International Film Festival/ Federation Square, Melbourne/ Anthology Film Archives, New York- AWX Screening / Dortmunder Tresen Festival / Animationen- Loops and Projections, Kunstverein Malkasten, Düsseldorf / Ann Arbor Film Festival/ The Screening Room, Solo Presentation, Temporary Gallery, Köln / Artist Television Access, San Francisco / College Arts Association, Chicago Cultural Center / Tricky Women Animation Festival, Vienna / Lange Nacht den Museen, Düsseldorf Filmmuseum / Directors Lounge Film Festival, Berlin / Iota Center, UCLA, Los Angeles / Loop Festival, Barcelona / Trampoline Urban Screens: BBC Screens; Glastonbury Festival; Melbourne City Center; Nottingham; Tokyo / Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibition / University of Chicago / 20th Instants Video Festival, Aix-en-Provence, France / Némo: International Biennial of Digital Arts, Paris

Awards and Honors (selected)
2020 Städtische Atelier / City Studio, Kulturamt, Köln
2019 Best Animation, Geelong Intl' Film Festival, Australia
2019 Second Place, Bilderbeben Film Festival, Bielefeld, Germany
2016 Städtische Atelier / City Studio, Kulturamt, Köln
Kultur und Schule, Film und Neue Medien, NRW
2015 Mentoringprogramm, Universität der Künste, Berlin
2012 Artists with Children, 5000 Euro Grant, Frauenkultur Büro & Ministry of Culture, NRW, Germany
2007 1. Preise, Flik International Festival of Moving Images
2005 Nominee, Rockefeller Film & Video Grant
2001 Albert Murray Fellowship
1998 Post-Baccalaureate Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
1992 Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society


Filmography
Too Big to See, experimental, 2020 / Conquering Place, experimental, 2019 / Der Dicke Heinrich (Big Heinrich), animation, 2019/ Silver Seeds, animation, 2018 / The Conversation, experimental, 2013/ Almost There, experimental, 2013/ Headroom, animation, 2011 / the Lighthouse, experimental, 2011 / the Water that Danced, experimental, 2010 / Postcards from the Deep, experimental/ animation, 2010 / Danger in the Streets of the Sky, VJ set, 2007 / Berlin Skin, animation, 2007 / the Pin Ups, experimental, 2007 / Camera in a Glass Bowl, experimental, 2007 / Lichtwelten, experimental, 2006/ Pod, experimental/ animation, 2006 / The Fold, animation, 2005 / Mercury Moon, animation,2001 / Stars of the Lid, animation, 2001 / Warm Jets, animation, 2000 / Portal, animation,1999 / Big Sky, experimental,1999

 

olympic mountains

olympic mountains, paint, punchcard, dimensions variable, 2019

 

blanket forum

blanket forum, ink, acrylic, paper (Art Forum 1973), 1m x 1m, 2018

 

All images and content copyright Kim Collmer unless linked to an outside source such as a film festival.