Conny Goelz Schmitt

  • Conny Goelz Schmitt

    More Questions than Answers, vintage book paper collage, 48 x 31 inches, 2017.

    More Questions than Answers
  • Conny Goelz Schmitt

    Behind the Scene, dimensional collage of vintage book parts, 18 x 18 x 4.5 inches, 2017.

    Behind the Scene
  • Conny Goelz Schmitt

    Up in the Air, assemblage of vintage book parts, 30 x 30 x 2 inches, 2017.

    Up in the Air
  • Conny Goelz Schmitt

    A Slice of Space, vintage book paper collage, 17 x 12 inches, 2017.

    A Slice of Space
  • Conny Goelz Schmitt

    Head in the Clouds, vintage book paper collage, 11.5 x 12.5 inches, 2017.

    Head in the Clouds

Artist Statement

Influenced by the current political climate I started to build my dimensional collages and constructions. This forced me to focus on a process I have control over and turned into a ritual with the purpose of creating a world that makes sense to me. It caters to my yearning for problem solving while allowing room for an open end. Even though abstract geometric work doesn't lend itself to be political mine has been catalyzed by the emotional paralysis stemming from this political climate.

In my work I deconstruct discarded vintage books, on the hunt for textured surfaces and faded colors. By means of décollage the element of chance becomes an integral part of my process. While extending the margins of my compositions I build new space, always conscious to maintain balance and harmony within the work.

The interplay of sizes, shapes and color leads me on a search for their perfect placement. Through considered alteration and arrangement of my salvaged and manipulated materials I create geometric collages and assemblages. This pursuit for balance and harmony becomes a meditation, leading to new interpretations of past and present.

Artist Bio

Conny Goelz Schmitt is a collage artist and sculptor who spent her youth in Germany, moved to Taiwan in her twenties, and relocated to the US in 1996. Having been immersed in three very different cultures, she is drawn to hard edge painting influenced by the German "attention to detail", the retro color palette reminiscent of Taiwan in the 80s, and the very often experimental and creative pioneering spirit of Americans. Her medium of choice is almost without exception the vintage book.

In Germany she studied Sinology and German Literature at Eberhard Karls University in Tuebingen. She was named Sculptor of the Year by Chief Curator of Boston University, Kate McNamara, in CAA's 69th Members' Prize Show. In 2016, Paul C. Ha, Director of the List Visual Art Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, selected her work for the Best Multi Media Prize in CAA's National Prize Show.

Besides exhibiting at Kingston Gallery, Boston, her work has been featured at Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne (Germany), the Cultural Association of Rosa Venerini, Viterbo (Italy), The Painting Center, New York, Site: Brooklyn, New York, The Danforth Art Museum, Framingham, MA, and Touchstone Gallery in Washington, DC, among others. Conny has a studio in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Exhibitions

More Questions than Answers, April 4-29, 2018
Relay, January 4-29, 2017
Reconsidered, June 1-26, 2016
I Know Just What You're Saying, January 6-31, 2016
Uncovered, April 1-26, 2015
Kingston Associates Annual Exhibition: Free Association: 2014, July 30-August 29, 2014

Press

"A different way to approach art," Kingston Blog, April 20, 2018.
Einspruch, Franklin. "Gallery Reviews: Conny Goelz Schmitt," DigBoston, April 12-19, 2018. p18.
Einspruch, Franklin. "Conny Goelz Schmitt: More Questions than Answers," The Delicious Line, April 6, 2018.
Conny Goelz Schmitt: When there are More Questions Than Answers
Conny Goelz Schmitt Brings New Meaning to Old Books in Her Exhibition Uncovered

Contact

connyschmitt@hotmail.com
www.connygoelzschmitt.com