Kirsten Stoltmann

Ojai, CA

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Kirsten Stoltmann is an artist living in Ojai, California who makes work about being uncomfortable and just trying to fit in, or not. Her work has been influenced by her Midwestern roots, self-deprecating and humorous nature and Feminism. She has exhibited work In Abstract America, New Painting and Sculpture, Saatchi Gallery, London, U.K., Bitch is The New Black, Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA., Think Pink, Gaalak Gallery, Palm Beach, FL., Cut-Ups, Fotografiska Collage, Center for Photography, Stockholm SE., Out of Focus, Sala Pelaires, Mallorca, Spain. She recently screened her new video in the group show Psychosexual, curated by Scott Hunter at the Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL. Her most recent solo shows, Rising From The Ashes of Your Mind, was at the Brennan and Griffin Gallery New York and I AM SO HAPPY at Emma Gray HQ in Los Angeles. She is also included in the book, Concrete Comedy: An Alternative History of Twentieth-Century Comedy by David Robbins for the video, “Self-Reflecting.”

Solo Exhibitions
2012 "Stoltmann/Kloss", New Capital, Chicago, IL
"A Solo Exhibition with Brian Hubble and Kirsten Stoltmann," Sugar, Bushwick, NY
2011 "Kirsten Stoltmann Rising From The Ashes of Your Mind," Brennan and Griffin,
New York, NY
"I AM SO HAPPY," Emma Gray HQ, Los Angeles, CA
2009 “Motivational Posters and Meditation Sculptures,” Cottage Home, Los Angeles, CA
2008 “Vaginal Rejuvenation,” (in collaboration with Amanda Ross-Ho), Guild and Greyshkul,
New York, NY
2007 “Worn Bush on The Horizon,” Sister Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“Rough Bush,” Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston, MA
2006 “I Know What I'm Doing,” Wallspace, New York, NY
2005 “Reinvention is A Bitch,” The Suburban, Chicago, IL
“Adjoining The Voids,” (in collaboration with Sterling
Ruby), Sister Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2004 “Renegade,” 1R Gallery, Chicago, IL
2003 “Behind The Pedestal,” (in collaboration with Sterling Ruby), Bower Gallery, San
Antonio, TX
“Dinner & Movie with Kirsten Stoltmann,” Women in the Director's Chair, Chicago, IL
2002 “Constructing The Dramatic,” Suitable, Chicago, IL
2001 “Searching for Home,” The Institute of Visual Arts, Milwaukee, WI
“DYG Projects: Kirsten Stoltmann,” Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, IL
2000 “I’m Forever,” Hermetic Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
“Artforum Ad,” Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, IL, Artforum, no. 1
(September 2000), p.112
1999 “Kirsten Stoltmann,” Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY
Group Exhibitions
2013 "Psychosexual", curated by Scott Hunter, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL
"The Origin of The World", Samson, Boston, MA
2012 "Eslov Wide Shut Part 1", Mallorca Landings, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
"CAF: Satellite@Indigo Hotel", Santa Barbara, CA
2011 "Eslov Wide Shut Part 1", Akermans Vag, Eslov, Sweden
"Home Show, Revisited,"curated by Miki Garcia and Michele O'Marah, Santa Barbara
Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA
"People Don't Like To Read Art," Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
"Space Out Space In," curated by Scott Wolniak, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL
"Mediations," curated by Stephanie Barber, Transmodern Festival 2011, Baltimore, MD
"Eyeball Witness," curated by Scott Wolniak, Roots and Culture, Chicago, Il
"Hunter and Cook," Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
"Hunter and Cook Projects," Victoria Taylor's, Toronto, Canada
2010 “Out Of Focus,” Sala Pelaires Gallery, Mallorca, Spain
“Think Pink,” curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody, Gaalak Gallery, Palmbeach, FL
“Suitable Video,” Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
“The Last Show,” Katheryn Brennan Gallery at Cottage Home, Los Angeles, CA
"Text as Image," Lump Gallery, Raleigh, NC
2009 “Abstract America: New Painting and Sculpture,” Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
“Bitch is The New Black,” (curated by Emma Gray), Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles,
"Cut Ups - Photographic Collages," Center for Photography, Stockholm, Sweden
“The Mood Back Home,” Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY
“On From Here,” Guild and Greyshkul, New York, NY
“Artist-run Chicago,” Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
2008 “Funny Not So Funny,” Bellwether Gallery, New York, NY
“Deadliest Catch: Hamptons at ‘Core,’” 1750 Meadow Lane, Southampton, NY
“I Can See For Miles,” Cottage Home, Los Angeles, CA
“You Are What You Eat,” (curated by Kevin McGarry), Impakt Festival: YourSpace,
Utrecht, The Netherlands
“The Phantom Menace,” (curated by Kevin McGarry), New York Underground Film
Festival, New York, NY
“Out of The Blue,” Proof Gallery, Boston, MA
2007 “Post Rose: Artists In and Out of The Hazard Park Complex,” Galerie Christian Nagel,
Berlin, Germany
“Flipside Exterior,” (curated by Richard Hawkins), Overduin and Kite, Los Angeles, CA
“Sonotube® Forms - Contemporary Art and Transport,” Santa Barbara Contemporary
Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA
“Warhol and …,” Kantor/Feuer Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“In Defense of Ardor,” (curated by Joao Ribas & Becky Smith), Bellwether, New York,
“Oliver Twist,” Rental Galley, New York, NY
“Distinctive Messengers,” (curated by Simon Watson and Craig Hensela of Scenic), House
of Campari, Los Angeles, CA
“Obscene Soft Sounds,” Wallspace, New York, NY
“The Imminent Failure Show,” (curated by Ben Russell), Ice Capades, Chicago, IL
The Cable Car Cinema, Providence, RI, D21 Art Space, Leipzig, Germany
UND#2, Karlsruhe, Germany
2006 “Female Machine,” (curated by Katie Brennan), Sister Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“Look, Win, Get it On,” (curated by Art Office), University of California, Los Angeles
“Boys and Flowers,” Western Bridge, Seattle, WA
“Behind The Pedestal” (in collaboration with Sterling Ruby), Jonathan Vyner/Fortescue
Avenue, London, UK
“MFA Invitational”, (invited by Amanda Ross-Ho), Roski MFA Galley, University of
Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
2005 “Downstrokes and Feedback,” (curated by Lisa Schiff), Allston Skirt, Boston,
“The General’s Jamboree,” Guild & Greyshkul, New York, NY
“Behind the Pedestal,” Volta (participating w/Foxy Productions), Basel, Switzerland
“Up Close with Artists,” Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
“Excessive Projections/Projections of Excess,” Open Screen CAA New Media Caucus,
Atlanta, GA
2004 “Contested Fields,” (curated by Chris Gilbert), Des Moines Art Center, IA
“Selections from the True Collection,” Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
“Imitations of Life,” De Balie Cinema, Amsterdam, Netherlands
“Infinite Fill,” (curated by Cory & Jamie Arcangel), Foxy Productions, New York, NY
“Stuart Horodner’s Affair @ The Jupiter Hotel,” 1R Gallery, Portland, OR
“Two by Two for Aids and Art,” for AmfAR and the Dallas Museum of Art,
Dallas, TX
“Art Chicago,” 1R gallery, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
“Uncovered,” (8.5 x 11 exhibit), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
“Aim V, SYZYGY, The Human Remix,” presented by USC School of Fine Arts,Armory
Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
2003 “Material Eyes,” LFL Gallery, New York, NY
“Art Video Lounge,” (curated by Chrissie Isles), Art Basel Miami Beach, FL
“When Darkness Falls,” (curated by Melanie Schiff & Kristen VanDeventer), Midway
Contemporary Art, St. Paul, MN
“Recess and In the Shadow of Summer Bliss,” Cirrus Gallery, Los
Angeles, CA
“Transference,” (curated by Jeanine Oleson), The Russian
Contemporary Art Centers in Ekantrinburg and Kaliningrad, Russia, "Pro-Arte
Institute, the Media Forum conference in conjunction with the Moscow
International Film Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia", The Center for Contemporary
Art, Vilnius, Lithuania
“What an Art Life,” (curated by Kristen VanDeventer & Beate Engel,) Stadtgalerie, Bern
“Looking is Better Than Feeling You,” (curated by Astria Suparak),
Yerba Buena Center for The Arts, San Francisco, CA, Echo Park Film Center, Los
Angeles, CA, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
“Kirsten Stoltmann and Jennifer Reeder,” Videotheque, Wexner Center for the Arts,
Columbus, OH
“Subtle Not So Subtle,” 1R Gallery, Chicago, IL
2002 “Boys and Flowers,” (curated by James Rondeau), Art Video Lounge, Art Basel Miami
Beach, FL
“Here and Now,” Chicago Culture Center, Chicago, IL
“Some Kind of Loving,” (curated by Astria Suparak), Museo Tamayo Arte
Contemporareo, Mexico City, Mexico
“Sailor Lady,” Art in General, New York, NY
“Art After Art,” Neues Museum, Weserburg, Bremen Germany
“You Think I’m Superficial,” (curated by Miguel Calderon & Sybille
Canthal), Lake Worth Institute of Contemporary Art, Palm Beach, FL
“Photography by Gallery Artists,” Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, IL
“Metropolis,” (curated by Peter Dorshenko), Art Chicago 2002, Navy Pier,
Chicago, IL
“Plat + Form,” (curated by Nick Frank), Foster Gallery, University of
Wisconsin, Eau Claire, WI
“Chicago 7 Film Shorts,” Center of Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA
“Tasty Dog,” (curated by Michelle Grabner & Brad Killiam), Atelier Top 25, Krem,
“8.5x11,” (curated by Gabe Fowler), website and box set, Bodybuilder Sportsman
Gallery, Chicago, IL
“Kirsten Stoltmann,” Charley Magazine, (edited by Maurizio Cattelan, Bettina Funcke,
Massimiliano Gioni, Ali Subotnick), New York, NY p.21
“The Armory Show,” Donald Young Gallery, New York, NY
“Some Kind of Loving,” Cinematexas International Film/Video Festival, Houston, TX,
Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY
“Pretend TV,” El Parche, Bogotá, Columbia
“Meet Me in St. Louis,” Crowe T. Brooks, St. Louis, MO
“Video Screening,” in conjunction with the Michael Auder exhibition, (curated by Jennifer
Reeder & Hamza Walker), Renaissance Society, Chicago, IL
“The Program,” (curated by Pedro Velez), ONI Gallery, Boston, MA, Museo de las
Americas, San Juan, Puerto Rico
2001 “Dis/en/courage,” LFL Gallery, New York, NY
“Without Hesitation: The Olbreicht Collection Part 2,” The Neus Museum, Bremen,
“Art/Music: Rock, Pop, Techno,” the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
“Kirsten Stoltmann and Laura Chasman,” Allston Skirt Gallery, Allston, MA
“New Chicago Works,” Blinding Light Cinema, Vancouver, BC Canada
“Extremely Shorts IV,” Aurora Picture Show, Houston, Texas
“A New Romantic/TV sounds,” (curated by Astria Suparak), traveling film screening
from March 1 – April 27 at various venues in California, New York, Washington, and
2000 “The Program,” FGA, Chicago, IL
“Life, After the Squirrel,” Location One, New York, NY
“Sound, Video, Film,” Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, IL
“Libidinal,” TBA, Chicago, IL
“Buena Onda,” Lump Gallery, Raleigh, NC
“Camp/Fire,” Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York
“Undershorts Film Festival,” Music Box, Chicago, IL
“Pretend TV,” La Panaderia, Mexico City, Mexico
“My Friend Oona,” Unquote Television, DUTV, Philadelphia, PA
“Photography 3000,” Dogmatic, Chicago, IL
1999 "A & E,” Chicago Project Room, Chicago, IL
“Chicago Film & Video,” The Lab, Los Angeles, CA
“Multiples Show,” Bodybuilder and Sportsman Gallery,
Chicago, IL
“Audio Visual,” (co-curated by Kelly Taxter), Allston Skirt Gallery, Allston, MA
“Chicago’s Own, Biographies, Portraits & Confessions,” Chicago
Filmmakers, Chicago, IL,” Angie Waller, New York, NY
“Video Room,” (curated by Marissa Woloszczuk), ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL
“Vincent Darmody’s Evil Show,” Law Office, Chicago, IL
“Home Movies From The Media Underground,” Portland, OR
“Inside/Outside Film Festival,” Toronto, Ontario, Canada
“Perfect Sleeper,” Embassy Suites, Chicago, IL
“Pretend TV,” Hermetic Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
“Hot Sauce,” Law Office, Chicago, IL
“Cat House,” Dogmatic Gallery, Chicago, IL
“Tough and Tender,” Lump Gallery, Raleigh, NC
“Serious Play,” the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL
1998 “Of Experimental and Unexp.,” Kind, Alma Loev Museum, Sunne, Sweden
“My Friend Oona,” European Underground Film Festival, Krakow, Poland
“Kirsten Stoltmann”, Department of English, Amherst College, Amherst, MA
“It’s All Good,” Lump Gallery, Raleigh, NC
“Breakdown 900,” Butcher Shop, Chicago, IL
“Talking Pictures Film Festival,” Taos, NM
1995-97 “No More Sweets For You,” (curated by Elisabeth Subrin), Institute of
Contemporary Art, Boston, MA, Sleeth Gallery, West Virginia Wesleyan College,
Buchannon, WV, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, IL, Anthology Film Archives, New
York, NY, The Knitting Factory, New York, NY
“True Confessions of An Artist,” Women In The Director’s Chair Film Festival, Chicago,
IL, Media Studies Department, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY, Intermedia
Arts Gallery,
Minneapolis, MN, Bildweschel-Video Kollektion, Hamburg, Germany
“PXL this 4,” Re: Solution Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“Tender Chunks,” Athens International Film Festival, Athens, OH, New Orleans Film
Festival, New Orleans, LA
“Through The Lens 3,” WYBE TV 35 (PBS), Philadelphia, PA
“Articulated Speculation,” Channel 34, Monmouth County, NJ
Selected Bibliography
Stabler, Bert, " Review: Kirsten Stoltmann and Mike Kloss,New Capital", Newcity Art,
July 10, 2012.
Johnson, Branden, "Vaginal Rejuvenation, Kirsten Stoltmann and Amanda Ross-Ho",
Zing Magazine, Issue 22, 2011, P. 262.
Robbins, David, Concrete Comedy: An Alternative History of Twentieth-Century
Comedy, August 31, 2011.
Catalog, Michele O'Marah: Video Portraits And Home Show, Revisited, p.53-57, 2011
Donelan,Charles, "CAF's Home Show, Revisited, Santa Barbara Independent, June 2nd,
Birgersen, Eva, "Pornification," Sleek Magazine, pp. 66-74, Winter 2010-11
"Listen To The Sea," Mister Motley, Magazine Oveer Beeldende Kunst, p.64, no.26. 2010
Weinberg, Lauren, “Pet Flicks, Scott Wolniak selects some “Suitable Video” for Western
Exhibitions,” Time Out Chicago / Issue 254 : Jan 7–13, 2010
Catalog: "Abstract America: New Painting and Sculpture," The Saatchi Gallery in
partnership with Phillips de Pury and Company, 2009
Phillips, Brad, "Kirsten Stoltmann," Hunter and Cook,pp. 46-48, Spring 2009
Stabler, Bert, “Western Exhibitions,” Art Critic’s Choice, The Chicago Reader, December
31, 2009
Bak, Louise, “Bright Jokes,” Toro Magazine, May 12, 2009
Campagnola, Sonia, “Motivational Posters and Meditation Sculptures,” Flash Art
International, March-April, p. 92, 2009
Latimer, Quinn, “Motivational Posters and Meditation Sculptures,” Modern Painters,
April, 2009
Smith, Roberta, ”Art in Review,” The New York Times, February 15, 2008
Baker, R.C., “Spoiler Art, “The Masked Portrait,” and Amanda Ross-Ho,” The Village
Voice, January 22, 2008
Cotter, Holland, “Quirks and Attitude to Burn,” The New York Times, June 8, 2007
Sholis, Brian, "Studio City,", April 10, 2007
McQuaid, Cate, "A Pattern of Success," The Boston Globe, March 15, 2007
Knight, Christopher, "Artist's Who Stand Out From The Group," Los Angeles Times, E23,
August 11, 2006
Sholis, Brian. "Kirsten Stoltmann," Artforum, May 2006
Yablonsky, Linda, “Young Chelsea Dealers Head to Hudson River With $3000 Sneakers,”
Bloomberg News, January 30, 2006
Halle, Howard, "Block Party," Time Out New York, Issue 537, January 12 - 18, 2006
Wang, Michael, "Tunnel Vision,", January 2006
Yoshua Okon and Miguel Calderón, La Panaderia: 1994-2002, Turner; Bilingual edition
November 2, 2005
Drea, Amber. “Kirsten Stoltmann,” Venus Magazine, Fall 2005
Hait, Jane. “Dear Kirsten Stoltmann,” Madame Figaro, No. 302, 2005
Vey Duke, Emily, “Kirsten Stoltmann, Let’s Get It On,” C Magazine, p. 44, Summer 2004
Yood, James, "Kirsten Stoltmann," Artforum, pp. 252-253, Summer 2004
BlackBook Art List, (with image), "1R Gallery," p. 28, Spring 2004
Catalog: Two by Two for Aids, Sotheby’s, p.79, 2004
Gilbert, Chris, Catalogue: Contested Fields, Des Moines Art Center, pp. 21 & 41, 2004
Jeremijenko, Natalie, Catalogue: Aim V: SYZYGY: The Human Remix, University of
Southern California School of Fine Arts, p.13 and 26, 2004
Stabler, Bert, "Fever Dreams," The Chicago Reader, p. 30, March 12, 2004
LaBelle, Charles, "Kirsten Stoltmann and Sterling Ruby," Frieze: Issue 81, p.102-103,
March 2004
Johnson, Ken, "Material Eyes." The New York Times, January 9,p. B42, 2004,
Scott, Andrea K., "Reviews: Material Eyes," Time Out New York,p. 52, January 1-8, 2004
Ferrara, Annette, "Representing Simulacra (After Debord): A Case Study,", Spectacle Issue, 2003
Frank, Nick, “Kirsten Stoltmann,” Art Papers, pp. 44-45, January/February 2003
Deecke, Thomas and Friese, Peter, Catalog: Art After Art, Neues Museum Weserburg
Bremen, p.10, 2002
Elms, Anthony, Catalogue: Here and Now, Chicago Cultural Center, pp. 46-47, 2002
Frye, Brian, “NYUFF 2K,” Cahiers Du Cinemart, no. 13, Spring 2002
Snodgrass, Susan, “Report from Milwaukee, Poise to Soar?” Art in America, no.5, pp.
48-55, May 2002
Grabner, Michelle, “INOVA, Institute of Visual Arts,” New Art Examiner, no.4, pp. 60-65,
March-April 2002
“Art Fair Future,” Artnet, December 23, 2002
“See Hear,” Chicago Sun-Times, Arts section, p. 53, October 26, 2001
Jackson, Carol, “Kirsten Stoltmann,” Frieze, Issue 60, pp.119-120, June, July, August 2001
Walker, Hamza. ”Kirsten Stoltmann.” New Art Examiner, p. 83, July-August 2001
Taz, Bremen, “The Cabinet of The Olbricht,” June 3, 2001
Thompson, Nato, “Chimerical Miracle Whip: Into the Border Lands with the Wild
Kingdom,” New Art Examiner,pp.31-35, March 2001
Hawkins, Margaret, “Artists Put Yearnings on Public View." Chicago Sun-Times, Arts
section, p. 28, March 30, 2001
Schmidt, Eva, "Places and Spaces," Catalogue: Without Hesitation, The Olbricht
Collection Part 2, Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, p. 85 and pp. 93-97, 2001
Maurizio Cattelan, Bettina Funcke, Massimiliano Gioni, Ali Subotnick, eds. Charley
Magazine, n°01, p.21, 2001
Sensemann, Susan, Catalogue: Libidinal, Chicago Contemporary Arts Council, 2000
Velez-Rodriguez, Pedro, “Photography 3000,” New Art Examiner, p. 49, April 2000
“Pedro’s Observations on Summer Shows,” FGA, no.3, p.1, September 2000
Bulka, Michael, “Art 1999 Chicago Diary,” Spaces.Org/Rants, no. 7, June 2,1999
“Mob Rule.” NY Arts Magazine, May 1999
Booth, Mark, “Vincent Darmody’s Evil Show,” Gravy, no. 3, p. 4, February 1999
Sherman, Betsy, The Boston Globe, p. 46, February 23, 1996
Troy, Maria, “No More Sweets for You.” Pform, p. 35No.37, Fall 1995
2000 MFA, Studio Arts Department, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
1993-94 Graduate Studies, Film Department, San Francisco Art Institute, California
1991 BFA, Film and Video Department, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Wisconsin