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Elaine Kaufmann
updated: 11/01/2012
website: www.elainekaufmann.net
 
   
 
 
     
 
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June 11, 2011
November 27, 2011
February 14, 2012
Front Page News: NYTimes--May 22, 2011
Front Page News: New York Times--May 25, 2011
Front Page News: NYTimes--June 14, 2011
World News--New York Times, May 27, 2011
	 Fitzcarraldo directed by Werner Herzog (from the series The View from Below)
Robert Smithson (from the series The View from Below)
Attorney with Laundry by Joel Sternfeld (from the series The View from Below)
Douglas Fairbanks in Wild and Woolly directed by John Emerson (from the series The View from Below)
The Greatest Pleasure
International Design
Kid-Centric Condos
Paradise Bought
 
Portfolio Keywords:  gender/sexuality, landscape, political, text, urban, collage, feminist, language, narrative, social criticism
 
 
June 11, 2011 by Elaine Kaufmann
June 11, 2011
cut paper and pencil on found newspaper
2012
7.25 " x  8.125 " 
November 27, 2011 by Elaine Kaufmann
November 27, 2011
cut paper and pen on found newspaper
2012
7.75" x  10.33" 
February 14, 2012 by Elaine Kaufmann
February 14, 2012
cut paper and pen on found newspaper
2012
7.25" x  5.12" 
Front Page News: NYTimes--May 22, 2011 by Elaine Kaufmann
Front Page News: NYTimes--May 22, 2011
graphite on paper
2012
5.25" x  7" 
Front Page News: New York Times--May 25, 2011 by Elaine Kaufmann
Front Page News: New York Times--May 25, 2011
graphite on pencil
2011
3.75 " x  2.75 " 
Front Page News: NYTimes--June 14, 2011 by Elaine Kaufmann
Front Page News: NYTimes--June 14, 2011
graphite on paper
2012
3 " x  1.75 " 
World News--New York Times, May 27, 2011 by Elaine Kaufmann
World News--New York Times, May 27, 2011
graphite on paper
2011
6.25" x  5.5" 
	 Fitzcarraldo directed by Werner Herzog (from the series The View from Below) by Elaine Kaufmann
Fitzcarraldo directed by Werner Herzog (from the series The View from Below)
collage
2010
13 " x  11.5 " 
Robert Smithson (from the series The View from Below) by Elaine Kaufmann
Robert Smithson (from the series The View from Below)
collage
2010
12 " x  10.5 " 
Attorney with Laundry by Joel Sternfeld (from the series The View from Below) by Elaine Kaufmann
Attorney with Laundry by Joel Sternfeld (from the series The View from Below)
collage
2011
10 " x  13.75 " 
Douglas Fairbanks in Wild and Woolly directed by John Emerson (from the series The View from Below) by Elaine Kaufmann
Douglas Fairbanks in Wild and Woolly directed by John Emerson (from the series The View from Below)
collage
2010
12 " x  9 " 
The Greatest Pleasure by Elaine Kaufmann
The Greatest Pleasure
pencil on paper
2008
12.5" x  9" 
International Design by Elaine Kaufmann
International Design
pencil on paper
2008
12.5" x  9" 
Kid-Centric Condos by Elaine Kaufmann
Kid-Centric Condos
pencil on paper
2007
12" x  9.5" 
Paradise Bought by Elaine Kaufmann
Paradise Bought
pencil on paper
2006
12" x  9.5" 

Artist Statement

Donna Haraway describes as the “god-trick” the pretending that one can “[see] everything from nowhere.” Though Haraway’s focus is on seeing aided by technology, her argument is relevant to claims that the images produced by artists and filmmakers are universal, unbiased, and timeless.My work uses the lenses of class and gender to examine the idea of a transcendent perspective.

Central to each collage in the series The View from Below is an image of a white man looking. Whether he looks at a desert lake, a New York City street, or a painting in a studio, the image locates him in time and space. His viewpoint is subjective, limited, and transitory. He is framed by the outline of a U.S. lake, an opening that references both the female body and an aerial, god’s-eye view—the view from above.

International Design is a drawing series which incorporate text taken from articles about homes. In place of the original image of luxury, I substitute an image of housing in the Third World. The text does describe the image but in a way that the article's focus on wealth is revealed as problematic. This project highlights how newspapers and magazines normalize expensive, fashionable, extravagant housing.

Artist Bio / CV

Elaine Kaufmann is an artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received an M.F.A. in Painting from Hunter College in 2004 and an M.A. in English Literature from San Francisco State University in 1998. She has also studied at the Frank Mohr Instituut in Groningen, Netherlands.

Kaufmann’s work has been shown in a range of galleries and museums, including the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Brooklyn Museum, Momenta Art, Schroeder Romero Gallery, the ISCP, the Center for Book Arts, Exit Art, and Rotunda Gallery.

Kaufmann was awarded an Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) residency from the Bronx Museum and an Independent Project Grant from Artists Space. In 2007, a collaborative project, Brainstormers, was awarded a grant from the Puffin Foundation.