April 15 — July 29, 2011
Ubu Gallery presented an exhibition of approximately 45 works on paper by Nils Karsten, spanning 1998 to 2011. Karsten’s labor-intensive style is apparent across all of his output, from his painstakingly reproduced woodblock relief prints – measuring over 30 square feet – to his unsettling and detailed drawings and collages.
Hamburg-born Karsten probes memories of childhood and adolescence to combine iconic images from pop culture, early British and New York punk, revolution (Baader-Meinhof), war (Vietnam) and even alien invasion with surreal and fantastic utopian vistas. The artist approaches these themes in several distinct ways, each influenced by his proximate relationship with the music and social upheaval of the 1960s and 70s.
SELECTED WORKS FROM THE EXHIBITION