Pamela Rosenkranz

 

Pamela Rosenkranz  (b.1979) was born in Uri, Switzerland. She graduated at the University of Zurich in 2005, and successively she earned her MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bern in 2010. In 2012, Rosenkranz completed an Independent Residency Program at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.

Pamela Rosenkranz deals with complex issues related to human existence and nihilism, as well as globalisation and consumerism. She works with the deception of light and liquid to translate her conceptual ideologies, which are often presented through a range of media, including video, abstract sculptures, and installations. Rosenkranz’s artworks take aim at the empty centres of history, politics and our contemporary culture as a whole. Her aesthetic is informed by her extensive research into fields ranging from marketing and medicine to philosophy and religion. She instigates complex issues using a variety of shiny surfaces such as Perspex and latex, branded water bottles, IKEA furniture and projector screens. Moreover, her dynamic and gestural use of eloquent pigments alludes formally to Yves Klein’s seminal “Anthropometries”. The artist confronts the products she uses in her works with their material reality by collapsing the synthetic appearance of the artwork into their pure meaninglessness material form.

Rosenkranz’s use of glass, plastic water bottles and liquid reflecting surfaces, stems from her interest in physicality. Indeed, she employs reflective surfaces as a way of forcing the artwork to interact with the surrounding environment, to establish itself as a physical entity. The artist’s work and research often takes a biological/medical approach. Light as a medium attracts Rosenkranz specifically in relation to the influence it has on the human body: how it dictates sleeping rhythms and influences the organism, for instance. She started engaging with water as a reflection on anorexics’ attitude towards it. Studies note that the fluid is perceived as pure, ‘immaterial’, detoxifying even, while actually every plastic bottle harbours colonies of hormones and bacteria, alongside the minerals. Rosenkranz has had solo exhibitions at the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève and Germany’s Kunstverein Braunschweig. Her work has been shown at the 5th Berlin Biennale, Manifesta 7 in Trentino. She has already been presented the Venice Biennale in the Swiss Pavilion twice, representing Switzerland (2015 ) and the Arsenal (2013)

 

Pamela Rosenkranz Gallery Art

            Education

2003-2005

University of Bern and Zürich, CH (Art History and comparative Literature)

1999-2004

Hochschule der Künste Bern, Bern, CH

 

Residencies

2011-2012

Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten / Dutch ministry of Education, Culture and Science

 

Fellowships/stipends

2012

Jhr. G.E. Loudon & Jhr. M. Loudon

2011

Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council, CH

 

Solo Exhibitions

2012

Miguel Abreu Gallery 

2011

This is not my Color / Seven Types of highly efficient People (Together with Nik Gambaroff), Swiss Institute, New York (NY), US

2011

To You I Would Like to be Who, Tongewölbe Ingoldstadt, DE

2010

Untouched by Man, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig, DE

2010

No Core, Centre d’ Art Contemporain, Geneva, CH

2010

The Most Important Body of Water is Yours, Karma International, Zurich, CH

2009

Our Sun, Swiss Institute, Venice, IT

2009

Statement, Art 40 Basel, CH (Karma International)

2009

High Purity, Atelier Amden

2008

Unfade, Nuit Blanche, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris, FR

Schwarze Ecken, Karma International at Micky Schubert, Berlin, DE

 

Selected group exhibitions

2011

RijksakademieOPEN, Amsterdam, NL

2011

He disappeared into complete Silence, De Hallen, Haarlem, NL

2011

How to Work (More For) Less, Kunsthalle Basel, CH

2011

Sequence 3, Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York (NY), US

2011

How to Work, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, CH

2011

Massage, curated by Alex Kitnick, Roth Gallery, New York (NY), US

2011

From New York to London and Back - The Medium of Contingency, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, GB

2011

The Confidence Man, Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin, DE

2011

Posta Restante, Artspeak, Vancouver, CA

2010

Die Nase des Michelangelo, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich, CH

2010

Une Idée, une Forme, un Être - Poésie/Politique du corporel, Migrosmuseum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, CH

2010

The Real Thing, Tate Britain, London, GB

2010

Big Minis, Fetishes of Crisis, Musée d'Art Contemporain, Bordeaux, FR

2010

Declaración Anual de Personas Morales 2010, House of Gaga, Mexico, MX

2010

Exhibition, Exhibition, Castello di Rivoli, Turin, IT

2010

3, Rüdiger Schöttle Gallery, Munich, DE

2010

Fax, Art Museum Torrance, CA

2010

Of Objects, Fields and Mirrors, Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus, CH

2010

Quick brown Fox and lazy Dog, Karma International, Zurich, CH

2010

An Unpardonable Sin, Castillo/Corrales, ParisI

2010

The Way We Do Art Now, Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin, DE

2010

Fax, Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong, CN

2009

Infinite Fold, Gallery Ropac, Paris, FR

2009

Fax, The Drawing Center, New York (NY), US

2009

Reduction and Suspense, Kunstverein Bregenz, Bregenz, AT

2009

Event Horizon, Galeria Raster, Warsaw, PL (curated by Karma International)

2009

Blank Complexity, Karma International at Parisa Kind, Frankfurt, DE

2009

Unresolved, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, GB

2009

Arguments and Compliments, New Jersey, Basel, CH

2009

Prose pour Des Esseintes, Karma International, Zurich, CH

2009

Shifting Identities - (Swiss) Art Now, CAC, Vilnius, LT

2008

Dragged Down into Lowercase, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, CH

2008

Seven Types of Ambiguity, Store, London, GB

2008

Principle Hope, Manifesta7, Rovereto, IT

2008

No Leftovers, Kunsthalle Bern, CH

2008

Vertrautes Terrain, ZKM, Stuttgart, DE

2008

Karlsruhe Shifting Identities, Kunsthaus Zurich, CH

2008

When Things cast no Shadow, Fifth Berlin Biennale, Neue National Galerie, Berlin, DE

2008

Empty Centres, BolteLang, Zurich, CH

2008

The Dark Fair, Karma International at Swiss Institute, New York (NY), US

2008

Anxious Objects, Store, London, GB

2008

Art Cannot Be Untaught, La Rada, Locarno, CH

2008

The Line is A Lonely Hunter, New Jersey (NY), US / Basel, CH

2008

The Library of Babel / In and Out of Place, Zabludowicz Collection, London, GB

2008

Schwarze Ecken, Galerie Micky Schubert, Berlin, DE