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Nicole Schmoelzer
Brooklyn, NY

ARTIST STATEMENT: I am an abstract painter, who loves to make different colors play with and against each other and to challenge them towards different subtleties in their behaviour and interaction. I am looking at ways how color can perform a surface or a structuring quality. The possibilities of showing simultaneously different layers of movements and shifts in planes is what intrigues and incites me about painting. I love working with oil paint on canvas or on paper for the luminosity of the color. Attracted to light, to the light which color and paint are emitting, I oppose and superpose layers of color. The way how paint is applied on a surface is therefore crucial for me. Modelling the paint by rubbing it into the surface or by sanding it off is one way. Pouring liquid paint is another. Stains of color and paint are being built up - overlap, accumulate, interwoven with contrasts and correspondences, only to be opened again thereafter. I have developed techniques of washing off, abrasing or sanding a layer of paint in order to push the color back - back into the primed canvas or the white underground, appearing from an in-between position.

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1975-87 Art Education Martenot, Pratteln/Switzerland
1987-88 Art Education Martenot, Paris/France
1988-95 M.A. Art History, Romanistics, University of Basel
1990-91 University of Geneva/Switzerland
1998-2000 Postgraduate Studies, University of the Arts, Berlin/Germany

2010 Sally & Don Lucas Artists Program - Residency, Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga/California
2008 The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Residency, Taos/New Mexico
2007 Fundacion Valparaiso, Mojacar/Spain
2006 International Artists’ Residency, Art Omi, Ghent, N.Y.
2002 Artist-in-Residency Nairs, Scuol/Switzerland
2001 Artist-in-Residency and grant Laufenburg/Switzerland
1999 Collection Kunstkredit Baselland

2010 Simon Gallery at Hyatt, Morristown/New Jersey
2010 Montalvo Arts Center, Project Space Gallery, Saratoga/California
2010 Micaela Gallery, San Francisco
2009 Fondation Louis Moret, Martigny/Switzerland
2009 Simon Gallery, Morristown/New Jersey
2009 Arte moderna Ammann, Locarno/Switzerland
2008 Katharina Krohn, Basel
2008 ClaridenLeu, Zurich/Switzerland
2007 Etsuko Shibata, Tokyo/Japan
2007 Simon Gallery, Morristown/New Jersey
2006 Ueker+Ueker, Basel/Switzerland
2006 Arte moderna Ammann, Locarno/Switzerland
2005 Florian Trampler, Diessen/Germany
2004 Arte moderna Ammann, Locarno/Switzerland
2003 Etsuko Shibata, Tokyo
2003 Carzaniga+Ueker, Basel/Switzerland
2001 Ammering, Ried im Innkreis/Austria
2001 Carzaniga+Ueker, Basel/Switzerland
2000 Artraktion, Bern/Switzerland
1999 Carzaniga+Ueker, Basel/Switzerland
1996 Garrison Art Centre, Garrison/N.Y.

Group shows (selection):
2010 Arte moderna Ammann, Locarno/Switzerland
2010 Katharina Krohn, Basel/Switzerland
2009 Fabrikraum 5, Collection Baumann, Melchnau/Switzerland
2009 Katharina Krohn, Basel
2009 Micaela Gallery, San Francisco
2009 Room for painting Room for paper, Shasta College Art Museum, Redding, California
2008 Anita Ammann, Locarno/Switzerland
2007 Etsuko Shibata, Tokyo/Japan
2007 LAB Gallery, NYC/NY
2006 Arte moderna Ammann, „Luce“, Locarno/Switzerland
2006 Klingental, Basel/Switzerland
2006 Going Public, Kunstraum Baden/Switzerland
2006 Ausstelungsraum Klingental, Basel
2005 Pesko, Lenzerheide/Switzerland
2004 Billing Bild, Edition Franz Mäder, Baar/Switzerland
2004 M 54, Visarte, Basel/Switzerland
2004 Arte moderna Ammann, Il festivale, Locarno
2003 Klingental, Regionale `03, Basel
2002 Villa Aichele, “Regionale ‘02”, Lörrach/Germany
2002 Nairs, Artists-in-Residence, Scuol/Switzerland
2002 Arte moderna Ammann, Locarno/Switzerland
2001 Klingental, Regionale ’01, Basel/Switzerland
2001 Laufenburg, Artist-in-Residence, Laufenburg/Switzerland
2001 Musée des Beaux-Arts, Printmaking Triennial, Ville du Locle/Switzerland
2000 Pentimenti, “Insight”, Philadelphia/USA
1999 Kunsthalle, Jahresausstellung, Basel/Switzerland
1999 Klingental, “Yellow Series“, Basel/Switzerland
1998 Rotunda Art Gallery, „Reading between the lines“, Brooklyn/N.Y.
1997 d.u.m.b.o., „Open Artist’s Studios“, Brooklyn/N.Y.

2006 Pondside Press, Monotype series, Rhinebeck, New York
2002 „Networking“, series of Lithographies, Edition Franz Mäder, Basel


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