Kirsten Stoltmann

Kirsten Stoltmann Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Kirsten Stoltmann
Chrome Tumbleweed On Southwestern Rug


Spray painted tumbleweed and rug.

Dimensions variable

Kirsten Stoltmann draws from her own experiences growing up in the American Mid-West to articulate her feminist views about suburban culture and values. In her sculptures and photos Stoltmann brazenly confronts taboo and expectation with a witty irony and double entendre of visual language. In Chrome Tumbleweed On Southwestern Rug, Stoltmann’s plant stands as a symbol of nature and freedom, confined and domesticated by its carpet base. Spray painted with automotive enamel, the tumbleweed is transformed into something futuristic, glamorous, and barbed-wire aggressive, personifying the innuendo of the word ‘bush’.

Kirsten Stoltmann
Spray Bush


Mounted lambda print

101 x 76.2 cm

This ethos of vaginal power and politics is similarly echoed in Stoltmann’s photographs. In Spray Bush, Stoltmann crops her figure, placing minge up front and centre: graffiti coated with a layer of neon pink her sex is simultaneously transformed into both an audacious beacon and hazard sign. Her Listen series collages seashells into pornographic crotch shots reminiscent of Corbet’s The Origin of The World, reinforcing the idea of feminine alignment with nature, creation, and spirituality.

Kirsten Stoltmann


Collage and metallic card stock

27.9 x 21.6 cm
Kirsten Stoltmann
Listen to the Sea


Collage and metallic card stock

27.9 x 21.6 cm

Kirsten Stoltmann's Biography

Kirsten Stoltmann
1968 Born in Milwaukee
Lives and works in Los Angeles


Wallspace, I Know What I'm Doing, New York

The Suburban, Chicago
Adjoining the Voids, (in collaboration with Sterling Ruby), Sister Gallery, Los Angeles

Renegade, 1R Gallery, Chicago

Behind The Pedestal, (in collaboration with Sterling Ruby), the Bower Gallery, San Antonio
Dinner and A Movie, Women in the Director's Chair, Chicago

Constructing The Dramatic, Suitable, Chicago

Searching for Home, The Institute of Visual Arts, Milwaukee
DYG Projects: Kirsten Stoltmann, Donald Young Gallery, Chicago

I’m Forever, Hermetic Gallery, Milwaukee
Artforum Ad, Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, Artforum, no. 1 (September 2000), p.112.

Kirsten Stoltmann, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo


Western Bridge, Boys and Flowers, Seattle
Jonathan Vyner/Fortescue Avenue, London

Downstrokes and Feedback—curated by Lisa Schiff, Allston Skirt, Boston
The General’s Jamboree, Guild & Greyshkul, New York
Behind the Pedestal, Volta (participating w/Foxy Productions), Basel
Up Close, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena
Excessive Projections/Projections of Excess, Open Screen CAA New Media Caucus, Atlanta

Contested Fields, (curated by Chris Gilbert), Des Moines Art Center
Selections from the True Collection, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle
Imitations of Life, De Balie Cinema, Amsterdam
NADA Art Fair, Van Harrison Gallery, Miami
Infinite Fill, Foxy Productions, New York
Stuart Horodner’s Affair @ The Jupiter Hotel, 1R Gallery, Portland
Two by Two for Aids and Art, for AmfAR and the Dallas Musuem of Art
Art Chicago, 1R gallery, Navy Pier, Chicago
Uncovered, (8.5 x 11 exhibit), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Aim V, SYZYGY, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena

Material Eyes, LFL Gallery, New York
Art Video Lounge, (curated by Chrissie Isles), Art Basel Miami Beach
When Darkness Falls, (curated by Melanie Schiff and Kristen VanDeventer), Midway Contemporary Art, St. Paul
Recess and In the Shadow of Summer Bliss, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles,
Transference, (curated by Jeanine Oleson), The Russian Contemporary Art Centers in Ekantrinburg and Kaliningrad
"Pro-Arte Institute, the Media Forum conference in conjunction with the Moscow International Film Festival, St. Petersburg", The Center for Contemporary Art, Vilnius,
What an Art Life, (curated by Kristen VanDeventer and Beate Engel,) Stadtgalerie, Bern
Looking is Better Than Feeling You, (curated by Astria Suparak), Yerba Buena Center for The Arts, San Francisco, Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego
Kirsten Stoltmann, Videotheque, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus
Subtle Not So Subtle, 1R Gallery, Chicago
Stray Show, 1R Gallery Booth, Chicago

Art Video Lounge (curated by James Rondeau), Art Basel Miami Beach
Stray Show, Western Exhibitions Booth, Law Office Booth, 8.5x11 Booth, Hypothetical Continent Booth, Chicago
Here and Now, Chicago Culture Center, Chicago
Some Kind of Loving (curated by Astria Suparak), Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporareo, Mexico City
Sailor Lady, Art in General, New York
Art After Art, Neues Museum, Weserburg, Bremen
You Think I’m Superficial (curated by Miguel Calderon & Sybille Canthal), Lake Worth Institute of Contemporary Art, Palm Beach
Photography by Gallery Artists, Donald Young Gallery, Chicago
Metropolis, (curated by Peter Dorshenko), Art Chicago 2002, Navy Pier, Chicago
Plat + Form (curated by Nick Frank), Foster Gallery, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
Chicago 7 Film Shorts, Center of Contemporary Art, Seattle
Tasty Dog (curated by Michelle Grabner & Brad Killiam), Atelier Top 25, Krem
8.5x11 (curated by Gabe Fowler), website and box set, Bodybuilder Sportsman Gallery, Chicago
Kirsten Stoltmann, Charley Magazine, (edited by Maurizio Cattelan, Bettina Funcke, Massimiliano Gioni, Ali Subotnick), New York, p.21
The Armory Show, Donald Young Gallery, New York
Some Kind of Loving, Cinematexas International Film/Video Festival, Houston and Anthology Film Archives, New York,
Pretend TV, El Parche, Bogotá
Meet Me in St. Louis, Crowe T. Brooks, St. Louis
Video Screening, (curated by Jennifer Reeder and Hamza Walker), Renaissance Society, Chicago
The Program (curated by Pedro Velez), ONI Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, Museo de las Americas, San Juan

Dis/en/courage, LFL Gallery, New York,
Without Hesitation: The Olbreicht Collection Part 2, The Neus Museum, Bremen
Art/Music: Rock, Pop, Techno, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Kirsten Stoltmann and Laura Chasman, Allston Skirt Gallery, Allston
New Chicago Works, Blinding Light Cinema, Vancouver
Extremely Shorts IV, Aurora Picture Show, Houston
A New Romantic/TV. sounds, (curated by Astria Suparak), traveling
film screening from March 1 – April 27 at various venues in California, New York, Washington, and Oregon

The Program, FGA, Chicago
Life, After the Squirrel, Location One, New York
Sound, Video, Film, Donald Young Gallery, Chicago
Libidinal, TBA, Chicago
Buena Onda, Lump Gallery, Raleigh
Camp/Fire, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn
Undershorts Film Festival, Music Box, Chicago
Pretend TV, La Panaderia, Mexico City
My Friend Oona, Unquote Television, DUTV, Philadelphia
Photography 3000, Dogmatic, Chicago

1999 A & E, Chicago Project Room, Chicago
Chicago Film & Video, The Lab, Los Angeles
Multiples Show, Bodybuilder and Sportsman Gallery, Chicago
Audio Visual, Allston Skirt Gallery, Allston
Chicago’s Own, Biographies, Portraits & Confessions, Chicago Filmmakers,
Chicago, Angie Waller, New York
Video Room, (curated by Marissa Woloszczuk), ARC Gallery, Chicago
Vincent Darmody’s Evil Show, Law Office, Chicago
Home Movies From The Media Underground, Portland
Inside/Outside Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario
Perfect Sleeper, Embassy Suites, Chicago
Pretend TV, Hermetic Gallery, Milwaukee
Hot Sauce, Law Office, Chicago
Cat House, Dogmatic Gallery, Chicago
Tough and Tender, Lump Gallery, Raleigh
Serious Play, the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago

Of Experimental and Unexp. Kind, Alma Loev Museum, Sunne
My Friend Oona, European Underground Film Festival, Krakow
Kirsten Stoltmann, Department of English, Amherst College, Amherst
It’s All Good, Lump Gallery, Raleigh
Breakdown 900, Butcher Shop, Chicago
Talking Pictures Film Festival, Taos, New Mexico

No More Sweets For You, (curated by Elisabeth Subrin), Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
True Confessions of an Artist, Women In The Director’s Chair Film Festival, Chicago
True Confessions of an Artist, Media Studies Department, State University of New York, Buffalo
No More Sweets For You, Sleeth Gallery, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buchannon
No More Sweets For You, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago
True Confessions of an Artist, Bildweschel-Video Kollektion, Hamburg
No More Sweets For You Anthology Film Archives, New York
No More Sweets For You, The Knitting Factory, New York
PXL this 4, Re: Solution Gallery, Los Angeles
Tender Chunks, Athens International Film Festival, Athens, Ohio
Tender Chunks, New Orleans Film Festival, New Orleans
Through The Lens 3, WYBE TV 35 (PBS), Philadelphia
Articulated Speculation, Channel 34, Monmouth County
Tender Chunks, Intermedia Arts Gallery, Minneapolis