LIVES AND WORKS
New York, New York
Christina Kruse is a German-born, New York-based multi-disciplinary artist who works across the fields of photography, painting and sculpture. Her recent body of sculptural series combines bronze, marble and wood in standing arrangements that reference geometry. Although grounded in structure, balance and stability, Kruse's sculptures nevertheless evoke similarities to the human head and face, drawing connections between rationality and the oftentimes more capricious side of human life.
Counting a broad range of modern artists such as German painter and sculptor Oskar Schlemmer, Kruse's artistic practice thrives on the notion of construction — that a work of art can necessarily be produced out of multiple elements that fit and connect with one another.
Previous works include 'Kugelmann' ( working title) , a four-part performance artwork where Kruse confronts the instability of the human lived experience. Getting into a purpose-built aluminum sculpture calibrated to automatically right itself after being pushed, Kruse allows herself to be taken along by the movements of the sculpture as it struggles to right itself in the face of multiple pushes and forces from different sides.
Her wall-mounted works, such as the series Anordnung, are made up of layers upon layers of cloth, tape, and oil. Although complex, they appear flat, and simple from afar.
Kruse is a recipient of the GLAAD award for Best Emerging Artist in Photography (2005). Her works have been featured in solo and group exhibitions in New York, France, Austria and Germany, amongst others.
2019, Base and Balance, curated by Junni Chen, Helwaser Gallery , New York
2010, Vortex featuring Contours by Christina Kruse, public 4 Screen Video Installation, New York
2009, CHRISTINA KRUSE/REISEBUCH 1-5, Salon Anke Degenhard, Hamburg, Germany
2009, CHRISTINA KRUSE/REISEBUCH 1-5, Steven Kasher Gallery, New York
2008, CHRISTINA KRUSE, Robert Morat Gallery , Hamburg, Germany
2017, The Seaman's House, curated by Helen Allen, New York
2017, Photography IV, curated by Peter Scott, Carrige Trade, New York
2014, Social Photography lll, curated by Peter Scott, Carriage Trade, New York
2013, Screening of Quartett at Charim Gallery , Vienna ,Austria
2013, ASVOFF Film Festival, official selection screening Quartett, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
2011, Social Photography II, curated by Peter Scott, Carriage Trade, New York
2011, ASVOFF Film Festival, Official selection screening Attache-Moi, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
2011, A social experiment, curated by James Salomon, Salomon Contemporary, Water Mill, New York
2011, Slippy floor, curated by Michael Biedowicz, Pavlov's dog Gallery,Berlin, Germany
2011, One of a kind unique artist book's, curated by Heide Hatry, Pierre Menard Gallery, Cambridge,USA
2011, Social Photography, curated by Peter Scott, Carriage Trade Gallery, New York
2010, Faces, curated by Claudia Seidel, Forgotten Bar Projects, Berlin, Germany
2009, NOW, curated by Sebastian Montabel, PHILIPS DE PURY, London, UK
2009, Lingering whispers, curated by Predrag Pajdic, the Pandorian, London, UK
2009, The common mind, curated by Julie Boukobza, Cueto Projects, New York
2008, Photo et Mode, curated by Jean-Luc Monterosso, Festival Transphotographique, Lille, France
2008, Reflecteur, curated by Stephanie Bailley,Gallery Bailley, Paris, France