Karin Bruckner had an outstanding year in 2012. She participated in over seven shows nationwide and one of her prints was featured in West Elm’s fall catalog. The SF UGallery team saw her pieces in the ‘Small Art’ Exhibition at the Gallery for FibreArtsDesign in Palo Alto. Like all of her work, they were stunners even at such a small size. With such an amazing last year, we know Karin will have an even better 2013. That’s why we selected her to be our Artist of the Week. We caught up with Karin to learn more about her printmaking.
What is your earliest art memory?
My earliest art memory goes back to Kindergarten in Munich. I remember sitting on a little chair at a little round table filled with paper, crayons and picture books. We were supposed to copy drawings from the books. I still have three of those pastel drawings, looking remarkably like modern art: A boy in a fishing boat, Mr. Sandman and – believe it or not – the Crucifixion. Didn’t seem unusual to me then.
Who and what inspire you?
Many things. The first half of the twentieth century is my favorite period of all time. If I could choose a period to go back to, that would have to be it. The Vienna Secession, Bauhaus, Expressionism, Futurism, Dadaism, the Blaue Reiter, Russian Constructivism … Paris … Berlin … Among my favorite artists are Schiele, Braque, Picasso, Kandinsky, Klee, Matisse. A German painter and friend, Gabriele Schnitzenbaumer, has been a huge influence in embracing my inner artist. I can draw inspiration from almost anything, other artists, process and things I see, things that I find. I have a soft spot for materials, for man made and found matter of any kind that begs to be put through the printing press. I am a great upcycler.
What is your favorite piece on your UGallery portfolio?
What is one word to describe your art?
I know you received a Master’s in Architecture. Do you have a favorite building?
That too is hard to narrow down. Perhaps the Chapel in Ronchamp by Le Corbusier. Then again I’ve always had a special liking for the Douglas House by Richard Meier – who I worked for and whose work refers back to Le Corbusier.
I am a staunch modernist.
I’m swooning. Karin your architecture background and your interests are as intricate as your art! Thanks for sharing.