The Gallery Karen Kimmel

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Independent Cluster, 2007. 11 3/4 x 11 3/4"

Introducing Karen Kimmel

I came across this LA artist's work in the WALL WORKS 3 group show at Traywick Contemporary in Berkeley, CA. The work and its installation pose some ideas for hanging art at home.

The work immediately above and below are all pencil, marker, paper cut out on paper -- and some are multi-piece works.

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Cluster, 2007 (Clementine). Set of two framed drawings, 27 x 24.5"

I like how the multi-piece works are framed and then hung inside an area of painted color. Anyone else try this at home? In case you are thinking about clustering a few framed pieces of art together for hanging - check out these
AT Tips
on how not to screw it up!

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Cluster (blush & smoke), 2007. Set of four framed drawings, 40 x 21 1/4"

It is said she is influenced by traditional Japanese arts including Ikebana flower arranging -- I like how the work is sometimes a drawing AND a sculpture.

She is also becoming well-known for her "Social Sculptures" where she orchestrates interactive art-making experiences for diverse audiences, ranging from attendees at an art auction, to the artists at the Creative Growth Art Center.

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Stencils with bases, 2007 (detail) – 6 x 6", 8 x 12", and 8 x 5"

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Wall Stencil, 2007. Acrylic, wood, and paint, 12"

Make sure to take a look at Kimmel's site to get a better sense of the range of her work - it's one of those elegant flash sites that makes it tricky to snitch photos.

The show at Traywick Contemporary will be up til Sept 30. To see Kimmel’s work (as well as 4 other great artists) contact the gallery by email or call 510.527.1214 to make an appointment.

Inquiries? Please contact the artist directly via email.

Know any artists whose work would make a home a lovelier place? Send ideas to The Gallery. Thanks!