Inextricably entwining the experience of the ordinary with the sublime, Friedrich Kunath’s work explores interior sensation, recontextualization and abstraction, and oppositional relationships that propel emotional experience. Within his painting, installation, and sculpture, images and objects build upon themselves in a layered stream of consciousness driven by the autobiographical, the conceptual, and the emotional. The act is an embrace of existence – both vibrant and mundane – where irony and melancholy coalesce with his version of “ sad optimism," and nostalgia wanders between past and future. Together, disparate yet individually familiar elements propose a kaleidoscopic view of somewhere between dreamscape and reality.
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In My Room is a major new publication surveying the work of artist Friedrich Kunath. It encompasses the last five years of Kunath's practice and is an extension of his unique aesthetic.
Complex and playful installations of paintings, sculptures and videos feature a cornucopia of imagery, brought together from such diverse sources as Old Master paintings, slapstick cartoons, anthropomorphized animals, and pop iconography from the 1960s and 70s.
A narrative around the emotional life of the artist is enacted through fictional characters, producing an in-between world filled with both humour and pathos. The catalogue is designed by Yvonne Quirmbach in close collaboration with the artist. New essays come from Michael Bracewell, Ory Dessau, Claire Le Restif, and Paul Luckraft.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition Friedrich Kunath: Raymond Moody's Blues at Modern Art Oxford, 21 September – 17 November 2013.
Publisher: Walther König, Köln (February 28, 2014)
This is Friedrich Kunath's first artist book published in the United States. In making the book, Kunath collaborated with the musician and poet David Berman and photographer Michael Schmelling.
You Owe Me a Feeling was produced alongside Kunath’s solo exhibition at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles: 2012′s Lacan’s Haircut.
Publisher: Blum & Poe (March 31, 2013)
Published on the occasion of the exhibition Things We Did When We Were Dead at BQ, Berlin, April 28 - June 30, 2012.
Published on the occassion of the artist's first solo exhibition in the UK, at White Cube Hoxton Square, April 15 - June 3, 2011.
Publisher: White Cube (June 2, 2011)
Artist book, published on the occassion of the exhibition I used to be darker, but then I got lighter and then I got dark again, at Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, May 13 - June 12, 2010.
In his drawings, texts, objects, photographs, and videos, Friedrich Kunath deals with such themes as longing, melancholy, loneliness, wanderlust, and wistfulness from a subjective viewpoint that finds expression in titles like Homesick, I am a stranger here or I may not always love you. He combines personal life experiences with literary, musical, or art historical references into visual, ironic commentaries in various media. The installative total context of his exhibitions forms narrative contexts between the individual pieces that lead to the viewer to a fantastic world of associations.
This catalogue is published on the occasion of Kunath’s solo exhibition at the Kunstverein Hannover, November 28, 2009–January 24, 2010.
Publisher: Sternberg Press (July 15, 2010)
Artist book: set of 32 color postcards in box. Published on the occasion of the exhibition Hello walls at BQ, Berlin, Sept. 4 - Oct. 31, 2009.
Extracts from "In someone's shadow" by Rod McKuen on verso of postcards.
This is the artist's first monograph, published concurrently with his first solo museum exhibition in the U.S. at the Aspen Art Museum.
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Aspen Art Press (February 1, 2009)
Artist book, published on the occassion of the exhibition Warum, at BQ, Cologne, January 19 - March 10, 2007.
Artist book, published on the occasion of the exhibition Our Endless Numbered Days at BQ, Cologne, 2004.
Artist book, published on the occasion of the exhibition of the Dirk Bell / Friedrich E. Kunath exhibiton Why are my friends such finks, at BQ, Cologne October 31, 1998 - January 30, 1999.
By Alison M. Gineras
The Kunsthal KAdE is presenting an exhibition of work by David Altmejd and Friedrich Kunath. Entitled 'Self-Fiction' and curated by Robbert Roos, the exhibition is on view from September 24, 2016 - January 1, 2017. Please visit the museum website for more information.
3812 EA Amersfoort (Eemhuis)
Friedrich Kunath's solo exhibition Juckreiz opens on Sunday at the Philara Collection, Düsseldorf.
Alison M. Gingeras examines Friedrich Kunath's artist book You Owe Me a Feeling (2012) in the March 2014 issue of Artforum.
Friedrich Kunath: Raymond Moody's Blues