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Susanne Kessler
updated: 11/23/2012
website: www.susannekessler.de
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Carousel of wire
“Synaptic drawings” view on “memory box” and “circle of thought
Installation synapse
 Survival Kit
Zone of Crisis
Ritmo e Linea
Ritmo e Linea
Ritmo e Linea
mother egg
mother egg
The Tar and Gold Project
Tha Tar and Gold Project
The Tower of Marzahn
 The Tower of Marzahn
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, biomorphic, collage, organic, pattern, site-specific
 
 
Without Title by Susanne Kessler
Without Title
Wild wine covered in wire
2005
Dimensions variable
Carousel of wire by Susanne Kessler
Carousel of wire
rope covered with wire, thin iron squares, aluminium construction , motor, wooden base covered with iron plates
2005
118" x  236"  x 236" 
“Synaptic drawings” view on “memory box” and “circle of thought by Susanne Kessler
“Synaptic drawings” view on “memory box” and “circle of thought
ink on paper, tar on fabric, black and white thread, rope, wire, iron, plastic
2007
Dimensions variable
Installation synapse  by Susanne Kessler
Installation synapse
Twigs and wire
2008
Dimensions variable
 Survival Kit by Susanne Kessler
Survival Kit
Cotton fabric, cotton ribbon grids, rope covered in wire
2005
275" x  236"  x 236" 
Zone of Crisis by Susanne Kessler
Zone of Crisis
multi media
2011-12
Dimensions variable
Ritmo e Linea by Susanne Kessler
Ritmo e Linea
canvas ribbons on iron/wire structures
2010
Dimensions variable
Ritmo e Linea by Susanne Kessler
Ritmo e Linea
canvas ribbons on iron/wire structures
2010
Dimensions variable
Ritmo e Linea by Susanne Kessler
Ritmo e Linea
canvas ribbons on iron/wire structures
2010
Dimensions variable
mother egg by Susanne Kessler
mother egg
mixed media
2012
Dimensions variable
mother egg by Susanne Kessler
mother egg
mixed media
2012
Dimensions variable
The Tar and Gold Project by Susanne Kessler
The Tar and Gold Project
mixed media
2011
Dimensions variable
Tha Tar and Gold Project by Susanne Kessler
Tha Tar and Gold Project
mixed media
2011
Dimensions variable
The Tower of Marzahn by Susanne Kessler
The Tower of Marzahn
mixed media
2011-12
Dimensions variable
 The Tower of Marzahn by Susanne Kessler
The Tower of Marzahn
mixed media
2011-12
Dimensions variable

Artist Statement

Line’s ascendancy, in all of its manifestations, characterizes the vast range of the artist’s work. It is not merely the spatial implications of her line, but its transformative nature that ties this vast body of work together. This is a line that reveals and informs the unseen—as in those pieces based on the middle ear and brain cells.  It is one that forms grids that begin on paper, appear on canvas as the basis of composition, and winds up in three dimensions, taking baroque twists and turns along the way.

Kessler’s line and plane are referential in their abstraction. The evolution of her work parallels the evolution of living matter, beginning with reptilian references and moving to inner structures of the human body within an abstract visual context.

This evolution encompasses transitions from the geometric—as grids that become the basis for layers sited over drawings and paintings—to the biomorphic, as line that has been fortified and layered with line of a different material, becoming tangible components of an installation. Or, she combines the two, placing a grid over biomorphic forms. The installations redefine the issue of figure and ground inherent in two-dimensional work and allow the vigor of her line to develop into three-dimensional mass. This protean investigation into line has also encompassed, in recent works, direct references to line in the creation of a floor plan of a Greek temple. The various materials used on the grids and lines at times evoke Beuys’ use of materials, but obviously to very different ends; Beuys’ are experiential while Kessler’s are analytical.

In addition to discrete objects formed by line that is the basis of her current site specific projects, Kessler has also twisted unstretched canvas on an axis across the space of a room. These installations, with their radical curvilinear movement, presage the recent installations in that she has miniaturized these torques and rendered them with more intricacy.

 

Michael Chisolm

New York, 2007

Artist Bio / CV

Susanne Kessler 

Personal details 

Born in Wuppertal, Germany, 1955

 Education

1975-82  Hochschule der Künste,  Berlin (UdK)

1982-83 Academic Exchange Scholarship and Royal College of Art Scholarship to study at the Royal College of Art in London

Master’s Degree in Painting and Graphics

 

1984 French-German Exchange Scholarship (DFJW) to work and study in Paris

 

Professional experience

Susanne Kessler lives and works in Rome and Berlin.

She has won several German Art Awards. The city of Mainz awarded her with the “Paul Strecker Preis”  and the city of Goslar with the  “Kaiserringstipendium”  of the Mönchehausmuseum of Contemporary Art.

She has held residencies in various institutions: the Lalit Kala Academi of New Delhi, in the Max Mueller Bahvan of Mumbay and Hyderabad, in the Goethe Institut  and National College of Art in  Lahore and in Tehran in the Artist Forum Taleghani and the Festival Fadjr, Iran

She has held several one-woman exhibitions in important museums in Germany including the Von der Heydt -Museum in Wuppertal, the Landesmuseum in Mainz, the Mönchehausmuseum of Contemporary Art in Goslar, the Lübke-Museum in Hamm, the Van-der-Grinten-Collection, Beuys Archiv  in Moyland, The Nassauischer Kunstverein in Wiesbaden.

In addition she had one-woman-exhibitions and participated in exhibitions in France, Great Britain, Italy, Denmark, India, Pakistan., Iran and the USA. Recent exhibitions in USA include 2007,  Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville-VA and 2008, CUNY J.J. College Gallery, N.Y City, NY.

2001/02 she was visiting professor at the California State University Stanislaus, Turlock- CA. 

There have been more than 15 catalogues and books published exclusively about her work.