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.

Website: nickkramer.blogspot.com

Biography

Select Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions from 2009-2011

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

2009
Mobilin X, Laural Gitlen/Small A Projects, New York

Select Group Exhibitions from 2009-2012

2012
Group show, CANADA, New York (Forthcoming)

2011
Americans and Apricots, Hillary Crisp, London.
Anthony Greaney, Samson, DAN GRAHAM, Cottage Home, Los Angeles. With Anthony Greaney ltd.

2010
Air Pressure, Glendale College Art Gallery, Glendale, Calif.

2009
The Awful Parenthesis, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles.

Projects

2011
Chinese Takeout, Art In General, New York
Awards

2010
Leon Levy Foundation Grant

2008
Kathleen Neeley Macomber Travel Grant

EDUCATION

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.