Hostler Burrows is pleased to announce Confluence, an exhibition of new work by ceramic artist Maren Kloppmann that is her first solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition will be on view at Hostler Burrow’s New York gallery from November 15 through December 13, 2019, with an opening reception for the artist on Friday, November 15, 6-8pm.
Kloppmann’s newest body of work considers the gallery space in its entirety, creating a cohesive installation of her signature porcelain wall sculptures. The artist has developed three new series which introduce curvature and movement to her controlled assemblages. “Convergences” are rendered in diagonal gestures of motion, “Helical Stacks” reinterpret the flow of a spiral staircase, and “Fragments” reference architectonic segments.
Serene in palette and refined in form, Kloppmann’s work strikes an elegant balance — in her words “a visual confluence of serendipity and precision, where intuition and intention intersect.” While acknowledging the influence of conceptual ideologies of Modernism and Minimalism, her work takes visual cues from both man-made constructs and the natural world. These broad and divergent sources applied through Kloppmann’s mastery of clay yield work that appears at once rigid and soft, tangible and ethereal, systematic and random. This balance is the through-line of the artist’s practice.
Born in Germany in 1962, Kloppmann received her Journeyman degree in 1984 from the Bavarian Keramik Handwerkskammer before moving to the United States to further her studies in ceramics. After artist-in-residencies in North Carolina and Michigan, she subsequently received her BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1993, and her MFA at the University of Minnesota in 1996.
Maren Kloppmann currently lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a three-time recipient of the McKnight Fellowship, and has received multiple awards including a Jerome Fellowship and five Minnesota State Arts Board Grants. Her work is included in numerous private and museum collections including, Crocker Museum of Art, Sacramento CA, Frederik R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis MN, Herberger Museum of Art & Design, Tempe AZ, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City MO and The Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
In addition to the gallery exhibition, Hostler Burrows will present one of Kloppmann’s wall sculptures at the Salon Art + Design Fair, Booth B5, at the Park Avenue Armory, New York, November 14 through 18.