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Emma Kohlmann

July 2 – 27, 2021

Gallery view of three colorful paintings featuring a mix of human faces and plants
Gallery view of three small paintings, showing humans, plants, and animals
Gallery view of two small paintings, portraying someone riding a horse, and a human face between a bull's horns
Gallery view of three paintings, mix of human and plants.
Gallery view of two paintings; one showing a house and face on black background, one showing two figures in flight.
Gallery view showing three smaller paintings
Gallery view of two paintings; one showing face and house on black background, another showing two figures in flight.
Paintings showing plant with human faces on leaves
Painting showing two figures in flight
Painting showing human face and blue house on black background
Painting showing sitting person surrounded by floating faces
Painting showing round yellow face between two bull horns
Painting showing flower with anthropomorphic faces on leaves

Jack Hanley Gallery East Hampton is excited to present a solo exhibition with new works by Emma Kohlmann. In this exhibition, Kohlmann will show new paintings with individually etched and stained frames along with a small selection of monotypes. Like an enchanted forest, both ancient and futuristic, Kohlmann’s works inhere a symbolism drawn from flora, fauna and mythological creatures.
Human-like plants, leaves, fabulous figures and butterflies inhabit a world that channels Kohlmann’s unfiltered stream of consciousness. Poetic and humorous, tender and bold, the characters seem to live in a universe that is formed right in between the space of Kohlmann’s mind and hand - an immediacy and intimacy that is palpable throughout her work.
The absence of traditional compositions or naturalistic proportions in the work takes away any sense of hierarchical order. Instead, plants, animals and humans morph into interchangable entities and co-exist peacefully. This sentiment of equality is not only noticeable within the imagery but in the variety of techniques. Each medium, each piece, is treated with equal care and becomes part of an all-embracing Gesamtkunstwerk.

Emma Kohlmann (b. 1989 in the Bronx, NY) lives and works in Florence, MA. She received her B.A. from Hampshire College, Amherst, MA. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including solo exhibitions at Jack Hanley Gallery, The University of Texas at Austin,TX, Nationale, Portland, OR, and Kit Gallery, Tokyo. Selected group exhibitions include the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, OR, MOCA Tucson, AZ, and Stems, Brussels. Kohlmann publishes her own artist’s books, zines and made various record covers for music labels.