Nick Kramer

Nick KramerArtist’s Statement

One thing that amazes me about Los Angeles is the seeming surplus of space cum real estate. My studio looks out to a rail yard and nearly everyday I can see it fill with goods and then, as quickly as they come, disperse. In a matter of hours, a place stacked three high with loaded shipping containers returns to being acres and acres of fenced-off dust.

I’m fascinated by cities and the stuff that circulates through them. My work is a way to engage the objects, places and economies around me. I am especially interested in Los Angeles’ scrap metal economy. I like the idea of seeing broken trash equaling dollar signs in the eyeballs. I like the crazy jumbles of objects piled high in jerry rigged truck beds on their way to being recycled and I like watching the huge machinery sorting and mangling the piles of scrap once sold.

Most of all, I like to bring things back to my studio to sort, touch and manipulate and use this private practice as a way to understand my connection to the city as a material, social and economic entity.



Select Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions from 2009-2011

Who’s The Father of Learning?, Nick Kramer and Josh Mannis, Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles
The Thing About This Town, Anthony Greaney, Boston

Mobilin X, Laural Gitlen/Small A Projects, New York

Select Group Exhibitions from 2009-2012

Group show, CANADA, New York (Forthcoming)

Americans and Apricots, Hillary Crisp, London.
Anthony Greaney, Samson, DAN GRAHAM, Cottage Home, Los Angeles. With Anthony Greaney ltd.

Air Pressure, Glendale College Art Gallery, Glendale, Calif.

The Awful Parenthesis, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles.


Chinese Takeout, Art In General, New York

Leon Levy Foundation Grant

Kathleen Neeley Macomber Travel Grant


M.F.A., 2008
University of Southern California Roski School of Fine Art, Los Angeles

B.A., 2001
Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson, N.Y.