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Birgit Rathsmann
Brooklyn, NY

ARTIST STATEMENT: I am interested in deploying characters as catalysts, who celebrate and play with otherness and adore marginality. My work is deeply rooted in my love for the humanity of the various communities I belong to. Characters are portrayed in narratives that transform humiliated, reduced, debased subjects into protagonists of new narratives of self-reconstruction,, absurdity, love. and humor. This series of drawings explore a number of characters who have rebuilt themselves after a devastating loss in such a way as to integrate the resulting psychic transformation (scar?) into their personality. The drawings posit that making it to the end of every day is like visionary architecture. The characters are drawn over photographs of an abandoned, failed investment construction project, the remaining rebar steel rods gesturing to the skies like clumsy skeletons. In some cases, the drawings have made the leap to sculpture.

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Birgit Rathsmann
559 Morgan Ave, Brooklyn NY 11222••646 279 6910

2020 (planned) Malpaso 2, Exhibition collaboration with Alejandro Almanza Pereda and Rick Karr at Ex-Convento Del Carmen, Guadalajara, Mexico
2020 Skowhegan Seminar: Four conversations on artists and community
2019 Malpaso, Exhibition collaboration with Alejandro Almanza Pereda and Rick Karr at The Clemente, NYC
2018 I’m Not Tired! Animation collaboration with Tim Platt
Revenge of the Veggies, animation collaboration with Lorelei Ramirez for Comedy Central
Ultraviolet, performance with Rick Karr at Cleopatra’s, Brooklyn, NY
Ultraviolet, performance with Rick Karr at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN+ at Black Vulture Projects, Paoli, IN
2017 Primitive Games, Animation screening, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
2017 Ultraviolet, collaborative performance with Rick Karr, Essex Flowers, NYC
2015 Anonymous, Installation at Untitled Miami Beach
2015 Make out with the Known and the Unknown with David Lukowski, Heliopolis, NYC
2015 Primitive Games, Three improvised animations,, TX
2013 October 18, 1977, Gasser/Grunert Gallery, NYC
2013 Rainbow Juice, with David Lukowski, Helper Projects, Brooklyn
2012 Room For Storms Live Open Air at East River Park Bandshell, NYC
2010 Room For Storms: storefront cinema installation, 163 Eldridge, NYC
Room for Storms LIVE, Alterna Y Corriente, Mexico City,
2006 Our new Videos, Curated one hour program at Monkeytown, Brooklyn, NY
2005 A.D.D. Videos At Wizard Electronics. Curated one hour video program to screen on all the televisions on sale at Wizard Electroland store, Brooklyn
2002 Kamiyama, Japan: Onsen (Bathhouse), Two-channel video installation

2020 All At Once, curated by Regine Basha, Fridman Gallery, NY
2019 Recess, curated by Skylar Haskgard, Human Resources, LA
2019 I’m Not Tired! Screened at ASIFA East, Transparent Film Fest, Midnight Film Fest, Picture Farm Film Fest, Adirondacks Film Fest, New Filmmakers/Anthology, Magic Floot 3 Festival
2017 Published by the Artist 2017, curated by Angela Conant and Grayson Cox
Babz Art Book Fair, curated by Sonel Breslav
RISE. Four Letter Word Projects, curated by Lynn Sullivan
2016 Fine words butter no parsnips, Present Company, curated by Alejandro Almanza
MDF Blog, Planthouse Gallery, curated by Grayson Cox
2014 BHQFU Winter Show, NYC
2014 Art Today, Planthouse Gallery, NYC
2014 Dallas Video Festival, Expanded Cinema, Dallas TX
2012 (im)possibilities, Visual Arts Center, Austin, TX, curated by C.C.Marsh
Rock Lobster, Shoot The Lobster, group project by Merkx+Gwynne
2011 Heat Island, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, curated by Natalie Campbell
2010 SP Weather Station Portfolio, curated by Natalie Campbell + Heidi Nelson
2009 Moab Video Project, Locust Projects, Miami, curated by Christy Gast
For You, Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, curated by Grayson Cox
Cleopatra's: Projection at Autocenter, Berlin, curated by Bridget Donohue
2008 TROOZ at Parkhaus im Malkastenpark, Duesseldorf, Germany, curators: Art Office
The World's Smallest Art Fair, Anna Kustera Gallery, Curator: Alix Pearlstein
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, curated Shaune McGarry+Miranda July
2007 Center for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, Scotland
Les Rencontres Internationales, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Let's Do A Re-Take, Pierogi, Leipzig, Germany
2006 Voom HD Lab Presents, Anthology Film Archives,NYC, NY, curator Lili Chin
VideoDictionary, Image Forum Festival, Tokyo, Japan, curator Manuel Seitz
2002 Hot Springs Documentary Festival, Hot Springs, AK
Raindance, London, UK
SXSW Filmfest, Austin, TX

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