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Blum & Poe : Friedrich Kunath : EMOH - 24 Oct 2008 to 6 Dec 2008

Current Exhibition

24 Oct 2008 to 6 Dec 2008
Hours -Tuesday - Saturday from 10:30 am to 6 pm
Opening reception: Friday, October 24th, 6 - 8 pm
Blum & Poe
2754 S. La Cienega Blvd
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Los Angeles, CA
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Friedrich Kunath, Installation View, EMOH at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
Courtesy of the Artist, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles and BQ Gallery, Cologne
Photo Credit: Heather Rasmussen
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Artists in this exhibition: Friedrich Kunath

Friedrich Kunath
October 24 – December 6, 2008
Opening reception: Friday, October 24th, 6 – 8 pm

Blum & Poe is please to announce our third solo exhibition of Friedrich Kunath. The exhibition will present painting, sculpture, and photography.

Kunath’s new body of work, partly inspired by his move this year from Cologne to Los Angeles, uses ambitious scale, giving his pieces a theatrical quality, while they remain grounded by their fundamental emotional import. In the paintings, appropriated silkscreened imagery contrasts and cavorts with striking washes of psychedelic stains, all the while playing with personal place and belongingness. His sculptures also combine and corrupt iconic depictions of home and their civilizing “baggage” with a sense of wild wanderlust and a grasping for the unattainable.

The sculptures include an oversized cartoonish arm reaching into the gallery through the roof, as it offers a rainbow made of seven upholstery fabrics in its, inexplicably, four-fingered hand. A series of ceramic caricature bats hover with the contents of their pockets emptied and strewn about the floor beneath them. A large snail of cast bronze lumbers along contemplatively with a toy model of a modernist architectural house on its back. Another sculpture of a miniature house holds several of the artist’s personal possessions like totems for comfort and familiarity, while holes in its roof and a forever spinning weather vane belie any feeling of security. Additionally, there will be two sculptures comprised of small thrift store and yard sale objects attached to pedestals hanging, and watching, from the ceiling. This simple spatial disorientation beckons a larger mental, perspectival transformation, and like the rest of the works builds a place for “insides” and “outsides” to blend with the romantic search for beauty and purity in ironies, both grand and humble.

In 2008 Friedrich Kunath had a solo exhibition at the Aspen Art Museum in Aspen, CO and was included in the 55th Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, PA. A selection of other recent exhibition venues include the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Tate Modern, London, UK; Museum Für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt Am Main, Germany; Maggazzino d’arte moderna, Rome, Italy, BQ Gallery, Cologne; and Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York. In 2009, Friedrich will have an exhibition at the Kunstverein Hannover, Germany. Kunath was born Chemnitz, Germany and was awarded both the Peter Mertes Stipendium, Kunstverein Bonn, Germany in 2001 and Arbeitsstipendium der Jürgen Ponto – Stiftlung, Frankfurt AM Main, Germany in 2005.


Chemnitz, Germany, 1974


Peter Mertes Stipendium, Kunstverein Bonn, Bonn, Germany, 2001
Arbeitsstipendium der Jürgen Ponto-Stiftlung, Frankurt am Main, 2005

Lives and works in Cologne, Germany

One-Person Exhibitions

Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO

Twilight, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY
Kunst aus NRW in der ehemaligen Reichsabtei Aachen-Kornelimunster
BQ, Cologne, Germany

I have always been here before, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA

Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY

We were the one thing in the galaxy God didn’t have his eyes on, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
Our endless numbered days, BQ, Cologne, Germany

We are not as far west as we suppose we are, The Bakery/ Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Statements, Art I34I Basel, Basel, Switzerland (under the auspice of BQ gallery)

Welcome Home Steve Curry, BQ, Cologne, Germany

Bonner Kunstverein, Peter Mertes Stipendium (with Thea Djordjadze), Bonn, Germany
Friedrich Kunath, Videos, CHAUSSE 37, Berlin, Germany

One day it will all make sense, The Modern Institute, Glasgow, Scotland (weekend-show with Dirk

Why are my friends such finks, BQ, Cologne, Germany (with Dirk Bell)

Group Exhibitions

The Leisure Suite, The LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY, (Curated by Martin Basher)
Life on Mars, 55th Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Ary, Pittsburgh, PA

Blind Date, Magazzino d’arte moderna, Rome, Italy
Learn to read, Tate Modern, London
Verwendungsnachweis, Stipendiaten der Jurgen Ponto-Stiftung 2003-2006,
MMK Frankfurt am Main

Bonanza, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, NY (curated by Karola Grasslin)
Nothing but pleasure, BAWAG Foundation, Wein
Spooky, Het Gebouw, Utrecht
Esquidor en el fondo de un pozo, Fundacción/ Colección Jumex, Mexico City

Avalon Art Association, Revelin Castle, Dubrovnik, Kroatia
Exile. New York is a good Hotel, Broadway 1602, New York, NY
Fabriques du Sublime, La Galerie, Centre d'art contemporain, Ville de Noisy-le-Sec, France
The Gravity in Art, De Appel, Amsterdam
Words: The Formal Presence of Text In Modern and Contemporary Works On Paper, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY

Rhinegold: Art from Cologne, Tate Gallery Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
No one else can make me feel the colors that you bring, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Strawberry Fields, La Coleccion Jumex and CANAIA, Mexico City, Mexico (curated by Patricia Martin) (cat.)

Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA

Superschloss, Stadtische Galerie Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany
On the other hand you have different fingers, Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin, Germany
Friedrich Kunath: When which the roofridge time when you realized the NEXT time would the read time, mise EN scène: Curieux VI-VIII, Bonner Kunstverein & Videonale, Bonn, Germany

Zero Gravity, Kunstverein fur die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany
1995-2001, BQ, Cologne, Germany

Parking Meters, Cologne, Germany
Make my paper sound, Studiogalerie Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany

Junge Kunst im Zweiten, Staatstheater Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany
Dirty Windows, Berlin, Germany

VOXXX-Galerie, Chemnitz, Germany
Green Room, San Diego, CA

The easiest thing to grow in a garden is tired, Galerie Peters-Barenbrock, Braunschweig, Germany

Public Collections

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, Netherlands

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