Emma Kohlmann | sun spots
January 6 through February 6, 2018
Artist reception Sunday, January 21, 3—5 PM
For her first solo exhibition at Nationale, Emma Kohlmann presents, Sun Spots a series of small paintings installed in the gallery atop her signature Wallpaper Zine. Inspired by the darker, cooler areas on the surface of the sun, these paintings are small vignettes, moments of intersecting time, that represent fleeting interactions. They appear as magnetic blimps, figures connecting and disconnecting to one another. Accidental automatic paintings. Colors that represent the warmness of the summer months in the dead of winter. They are portholes into a world that isn't entirely the world we live in. Fantastical, ambiguous, joyous, they are unbound by a specific identity, not tied to a binary.
Originally from New York and now based in Western Massachusetts, Emma Kohlmann holds a BA from Hampshire College, Amherst, MA. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at V1 Gallery (Copenhagen, Denmark), Galerie Kornfeld (Berlin, Germany), KIT Gallery (Tokyo, Japan), Greenpoint Terminal Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), Cuevas Tilleard Projects (New York, NY), Museum of Contemporary Art (Tucson, AZ), Basilica Soundscape 2017 (Hudson, NY), and Miami Art Basel among others. She has self published dozens of zines and been commissioned to make the ticket edition on the occasion of the 2017 NYABF opening preview, as well as various works for City Lights and the music labels Wharf Cat Records, Hardware Records, Feeding Tube Records, and Katorga Records. She is represented by V1 Gallery in Copenhagen.