Tell us your future plans: Continue to grow.
Name: Ulrike Kazmaier
Who are you? What do you do?
I am an artist and live in Düsseldorf. My work is informed by digital reproductions of specific artworks. In small magnified sections of those reproductions I investigate errors, artifacts of the digital medium and remnants of artistic techniques. Elements are then translated back into a specific form and material in real space with my own artistic language.
Where are you from?
I grew up in South Germany and moved to Düsseldorf to study fine arts at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf and have been living there ever since.
Your style in 3 words:
Sensual, Post-digital, Structure
Your Weakness? Your Strength?
I am quite pragmatic.
What makes you different:
same same but different
When did you decide to become an artist?
Yesterday! No, really I think being an artist is something you negotiate again with every artwork you do. Being an artist is to me more like an ideal that I strive to achieve. So yeah, I’ve decided many times in the past and will again with every artwork that I do.
What do you find most fascinating about the creative process?
That I can connect to the world and to myself in a weird, sensual and intellectual way and produce „stuff“ that doesn’t serve a specific purpose in society. It shapes not only who I am or how I see the world but is also a way to communicate with people and our environment in general through creation.
A few words about your favourite creation:
I did an installation of transparent strings two years ago (space glitch), they went from floor to the ceiling in one millimeter spacing. It is one of my favourite creations because it illustrated a thought about transparency (and how see-through is always a solid material) in a really simple, almost invisible but astonishing way. It was exciting to see how the space behind the strings changed and the light was reflected in quite an unusual way.
Someone else’s work that inspired or inspires you?
I am more generally interested in roots of artistic ideas rather than the actual works. Many contemporary positions that I find interesting can be traced back to the ideas of the Bauhaus movement. Their approach to media, materials, science, gender (well at least at an early stage), technology and craft is both visually and intellectually timeless.
A new project coming up or an idea you want to work on?
Right now I am finishing new pieces for a group show coming up at Setareh Gallery in Düsseldorf in June. Afterwards I will approach working with textiles and carpets in particular which I’ve wanted to do for a long time.
Do you have a vision?
I would love that my way of seeing the world and transforming ideas into objects has the energy to connect to people and thus leading to a transformed way of seeing the world that then again inspires new things to be created and so on…
2017: Where are we going?
We keep going.
Your city’s favourite spots?
It is not directly in Düsseldorf but it is a truly magical space: Museums Insel Hombroich. Oh and Düsseldorf just opened a decent place for dancing, Golzheim Club. The best Pizza is at Colosseo.
Tell us your future plans
Continue to grow.