Denise Kupferschmidt’s art is enlivened with fantastical fiction and religious texts comingled in a reality-warping conceptual practice. Trained in printmaking, material –– particularly paper –– plays a highly important role in her works, such as in her colorfully dyed symmetrical cut-out compositions. In some works she adapts or disregards the spiritual and fairytale imagery, and instead opts for a visual vocabulary that is sleek, geometric and often quite minimal.
Genderless figures with large swooping limbs are a recurring motif, so much so that even her purely geometric works begin to appear figural or partially reminiscent of the human forms that are described as inanimately as possible. She dares the viewer to see something human in her abstract construct. Instead of overloading the viewer with information, she reduces the image as much as possible, creating an inscrutable image that falls somewhere between person and object. In addition to printmaking, Kupferschmidt produces sculpture, paintings and drawings.
Denise Kupferschmidt received her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston in 2002. Kupferschmidt’s work has been shown in solo exhibitions at Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, NY; PACS Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; and COOPER COLE Gallery, Toronto. Press includes Modern Painters Magazine, New York Times, Time Out New York and Artinfo. Kupferschmidt is represented by Halsey McKay Gallery in East Hampton, NY.
b. 1979, Princeton, NJ
Currently living in Brooklyn, NY
BFA Printmaking; Massachusetts College of Art; Boston, MA
Kutztown University; Kutztown, PA
Make-Up Brush; Halsey McKay Gallery; NY
I Won’t Forget You; Cooper Cole Gallery; Toronto, Canada
Halsey McKay; NADA NY
Motifs; Halsey McKay Galley; East Hampton, NY
Spektr; PACS Gallery; Brooklyn, NY
This and That or Mary Jean in Maputo (My Grandmother’s Cabinet), curated by Lumi Tan, in the Window at 259 10th Avenue
Rites; LaMontagne Gallery; Boston, MA
Drawings; Teti Gallery; Chicago, IL
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Summerzcool, curated by Austin Eddy and Benjamin Edmiston; David Shelton Gallery; Houston,TX
Untitled Art Fair; Halsey McKay; Miami, FL
ICI Benefit Auction; New York, NY
Draw Gym; 247365; New York, NY
Chick Lit; Tracey Williams Gallery; New York, NY
Group Show; Essex Flowers; New York, NY
Lucky Draw; Sculpture Center; Queens, NY
Ninth Annual BAMart Silent Auction; The Hole; New York, NY
Recent Ruins; Lucien Terras; New York, NY
Selected Works; Southfirst Gallery; Brooklyn, NY
Rosemarie Trockel; Sean Bluechel, Carroll Dunham, Sheree Hovsepian, Imi Knoebel, Denise Kupferschmidt, Davina
Semo; Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery; New York, NY
The Kitchen Benefit Art Auction; The Kitchen; New York, NY
Miami Project; Miami, FL
Block Party; Sculpture Center; Queens, NY
Next Wave Festival; Brooklyn Academy of Music; Brooklyn, NY
Black Foliage; Nudashank; Baltimore, MD
Cannonball!; Frosch and Portmann; New York, NY
NADA HUDSON; Hudson; NY
Black Foliage; Chinatown Arcade; New York, NY
Leave It To Beavers; Gallery Diet; Miami, FL
Modern Tempo; Foyer Gallery; Brooklyn, NY
Kill Your Crude Idols III; Mural, Public Assembly; Brooklyn, NY
Bad Girls 2012; Interstate Projects; Brooklyn, NY
Nudashank; Dependant Art Fair; New York, NY
Kill Your Crude Idols II; Halsey McKay; Wild Project; New York, NY
Kill Your Crude Idols, Permanent Mural; Public Assembly; Brooklyn, NY
Family Show; Good Press; Glasgow, UK
Freestyle; 680 Woodward Ave; Ridgewood, NY
Go Figure; Dodge Gallery; New York, NY
Itinerant Ones; Storefront Gallery; Brooklyn, NY
Belief & Understanding; Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery; New York, NY
Spirit of the Signal; Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery; New York, NY
BNA: Brooklyn to Nashville; Zieher Smith Pop-up; Nashville, KY
Domestic Goods; Eric Firestone Gallery; East Hampton, NY
Price Good Market Inc.; St. Cecilia’s Convent; Brooklyn, NY
Museums Press Anthology Exhibition; Islington Mill; Salford, UK
Anomolistic Urge, curated by Courtney Tramposh; Vaudeville Park; Brooklyn, NY
Josh Kline, Josh Kolbo, Denise Kupferschmidt, and Joshua Smith; New York Fine Arts at The Dependent Art Fair; New York, NY
Matinee, curated by Patrick Brennan and Lauren van Haaften-Schick; St. Cecilia’s Convent; Brooklyn, NY
One Night Show, curated by Leigh Ruple; Vaudeville Park; Brooklyn, NY
Cover Version, curated by Timothy Hull; Brooklyn Academy of Music; Brooklyn, NY
The NADA Emerging Artist Showcase, with NADA, L Magazine and the Bumble & Bumble Model Project; Bumble & Bumble Headquarters; New York, NY
Tide Pool; Sara Meltzer Gallery/Projects; New York, NY
The Power of Selection, Part 3, curated by Ryan Travis Christian; Western Exhibitions; Chicago, IL
An Interdisciplinary Celebration of the Perseids, curated by Kari Adelaide and Sorine Anderson, Custer Observatory, Southhold, NY Summer Drawing Show, Family Bookstore, Los Angeles, CA The Power of Selection, Part 2, curated by Ryan Travis Christian; Western Exhibitions; Chicago, IL
All the Splendors of the Earth, Part II, curated by Jeffrey Tranchell; Cave; Detroit, MI
Apartment Show: Happy House; Printed Matter; New York, NY
I Wanna Be Somewhere, curated by Jon Lutz; Daily Operation; New York, NY
White Nights; Marvelli Gallery; New York, NY
Apartment Show: Hugs ‘N Knishes; The NADA Emerging Artists Party, with L Magazine at Bumble & Bumble; New York, NY
WORKOUT, curated by Ryan Sullivan; OTOM Gym; Brooklyn, NY
MayFLOWERS, curated by Scott Keightley; 401 Broadway; New York, NY
Cleopatra’s: TRADE SECRETS; John Connelly Presents; New York, NY
Personal Abstraction; HKJB; Brooklyn, NY
Everybody, curated by Ryan Schneider; Envoy Gallery; New York, NY
Apartment Show: If the Dogs Are Barking; Artists Space; New York, NY
Invisible Somethings; 92YTribeca; New York, NY
Coco Loco; Stairwell Gallery; Providence, RI
Buttress Buttress; Mini Dutch Gallery; Chicago IL
Pattern; Hallway/Bathroom Gallery; San Francisco, CA
Autumn Sweater; Fontanelle Gallery; Portland, OR
Glass Houses, curated by Eddie Martinez; Werkstatte Gallery; New York, NY
Innuendo; Art Space MCV/NYC; Brooklyn, NY
WE ARE NEAR, curated by Eddie Martinez; Allston Skirt Gallery; Boston, MA
Salon des Dessins; Teti Gallery; Chicago, IL
Also Awesome: Unshown Works and Curator's Picks, curated by Brion Nuda Rausch; Hallway/Bathroom Gallery; San Francisco, CA
Paper Awesome, curated by Brion Nuda Rausch; Pigman Gallery; San Francisco, CA
I Heart Dick, curated by Victoria Semarjian; 13hundred Gallery; Cleveland, OH
Russian Doll Show, curated by Eddie Martinez; 65 Hope Street Gallery; Brooklyn, NY; Gallery@Green Street, Boston, MA; Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA; New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
PUBLICATIONS, COLLABORATIONS, OTHER PROJECTS, ETC.
Madewell Totes, a Paddle8 Collaboration for the Bass Museum
Figures, How Things Look, Nieves Independent Publishing House, ed. of 100
Double Dancer, Silkscreen edition of 99, Shandenken Residency Annual Member Gift
Human Drama (curator), Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, NY
Motifs, book, published by Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, NY
Dionysis, book with Denise Schatz, Miniature Garden, Brooklyn, NY
Apartment Show, organizer, with Joshua Smith, ongoing
Video Interview Series, with Jeffrey Tranchell, ongoing
Man With A Mirror, zine, with Museums Press, London
Crude Idols, risograph print, Museums Press, London
Life & Death, zine set with Ben Sisto
WPS1.org Art Radio, interview with PS1 Curatorial Assistant Kate McNamara, Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Positions
Windows, Cleopatra’s during Miami Basel, Miami Beach
Knockoffs, Gallery @ Green Street, Boston, MA. April 16 - May 15
Tape Off! , James Hull Gallery, Boston, MA. November 15, 9AM-9AM
Flower Power , Gallery @ Green Street, Boston, MA. May 6-10
Greetings From... Northeastern University, Boston, MA
“100 Artists to Watch”, Modern Painters Magazine, January, 2012.
Emily Nathan, “Brooklyn Local/ Review: Matinee”, artnet. February 10, 2011.
Anne Doran, “Review: Tide Pool”, Time Out New York. January 13-19, 2011.
“NADA Emerging Artist Page”, The L Magazine, November 24 – December 7, 2010.
Megan O'Neil, “Critic's Pick: SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS”, Detroit Metro Times. Thursday, May 27, 2010.
“New Yorkers turning their homes into galleries”, Art Review News Blog. December 16, 2009
Kevin McGarry, “Bazaar Gifts: Affordable Art Fairs”, New York Times: T Magazine Blog. December 16, 2009.
Penelope Green, “Is It Art or Their Shoes?”, New York Times. December 9, 2009.
“The Approval Matrix: Week of March 9, 2009”, New York Magazine. March 1, 2009.
Sarah Douglas, “WEEKEND PICKS: Matt Keegan in New York”, ARTINFO.com. March 6, 2009.
Greg Cook, “A Visual Buffet”, The Providence Phoenix. February 25, 2009.
Claudine Isé, “Review: Buttress, Buttress/Mini Dutch Gallery”, New City Art, February 23, 2009.
Amanda Hunt, “For all you Apartment Show lovers out there”, Time Out New York, Own This City. March 12, 2009.
Amanda Hunt, “Apartment Show: Taking art to the streets—and homes—of NY”, Time Out New York, Own This City. February 26, 2009.
Kate Taylor, “A Serendipitous Art Space”, The New York Sun, Arts Blog, Gallery-Going. August 8, 2008.