Current Works


The subject of my work is "Picturing America".
It is the pictorial representation of the country that I am living and working in since six years after moving from Germany.
Spanning from outdoor sculptures, installations to paintings, the geometrical forms of the triangle and diamond shape are composed
to create new objects. In doing so, I play with what I see as typical American. This includes e.g., the geometric shape of the rhombus.
The rhombus shape, is ubiquitous and mostly used in road traffic environment. However, the juxtaposition of rhombuses is also
found in the very American architecture, e.g., in window elements or in duct covers. Another omnipresent element is the
five-pointed star. Just think of the symbols representing the states in the American flag. Through a slightly transparent paint
application and a layering of elements such as drops, dollars, stripes, star shapes, a dot grid and a diamond background, I examine
the complexity of the American economy and politics, its communication and dreams, the different layers of gray of everyday life





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Dave Bown Projects

13th Semiannual Competition which was curated by Helga Christoffersen, Assistant Curator, New Museum, New York; and Kelly Kivland, Associate Curator, Dia Art Foundation, New York

Art Galerie 7, Köln

January 29 – March 20 2016

  • About
  • Vita

Vanessa Niederstrasser was born in Wuppertal. Currently, she is living close to San Francisco, California and in the Ruhrgebiet, Germany. From 1996 to 2001, she studied Architecture at the University of Wuppertal. After graduation, she moved on to the Academy of Fine Arts in Düsseldorf, where she first studied Architectural Arts with Laurids Ortner from 2001-2003, followed by Fine Arts with Irmin Kamp. She graduated in 2008 with the Diploma Akademiebrief and Honors as Meisterschüler.




2008 Nomination “Meisterschüler” of I. Kamp

2003 - 2008 Fine Arts under I. Kamp at the Academy of Fine Arts Dusseldorf, Germany,
finished with the degree of Akademiebrief Diploma

2001 - 2003 Baukunst under L.Ortner at the Academy of Fine Arts Dusseldorf, Germany

1996 - 2001 Architecture at the University of Wuppertal, Germany, finished with degree of Diploma


2009 Art Award: New placement on an orphaned base Wuppertal/Germany

2008 Scholarship from the City of Düsseldorf: Artist in Residence to Ein Hod/Israel

2007 Support Art Award for painting of PSD Bank Düsseldorf/Germany

2006 Support Art Award of Deutsche Bank AG including realization

2004 Scholarship trip from DAAD to Japan

Solo Exhibitions

2014 Museum Kloster Kamp, Kamp-Lintfort, Germany

2013 Sabaki Space, Contemporary Art Gallery Frank Gerlitzki, Guangzhou, China

2011 Museum Abbey Liesborn of the county Warendorf, Wadersloh, Germany

2009 Galerie Samuelis Baumgarte, Bielefeld, Germany

2008 Galerie Winkelmann, Düsseldorf, Germany
Galerie Koch, Hannover, Germany

2006 Sculpture inauguration of Deutsche Bank AG Art Award, Düsseldorf, Germany
Galerie Janzen, Wuppertal Düsseldorf, Germany

Group Exhibitions

2016 Kunstverein Gelsenkirchen in the Kunstmuseum Gelsenkirchen, Gelsenkirchen, Germany

Art Galerie7, Cologne, Germany

2015 Art Olympia, Toshima City Hall Tokyo, Japan

2014 American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC, USA Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, MARINMOCA, Novato, Kalifornien, USA Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, Georgia, USA Museum of Fine Arts der Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, USA Todd Art Gallery der Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA

2013 Museum of New Art (MONA), Detroit MI, USA
Museum of Fine Arts of Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL,USA
Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA, USA
Schlosspark Stammheim, Köln, Germany

2012 ArtPadSF with Project One Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
The Crocker Kingley Sacramento Museum Competition, Roseville, CA, USA
Juror: Michael Duncan, Editor of „Art in America“ Magazine

2010 Galerie Koch, Hannover, Germany

2008 Vertretung des Landes NRW, Brüssel, Belgium

2007 Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
Halle 6 - Galerie Christine Hölz, Düsseldorf, Germany

2006 Alexia Goethe Gallery, London, GB
Frieze Art Fair London, Gallery Goethe, London, GB

2005 Grosse Kunstausstellung Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Germany

2004 Nagoza Zokei University of Art, Nagoya, Japan

2003 Skulpturenlandschaft, Hamburg, Germany

Works in collections

Deutsche Bank AG, Sparkasse Karlsruhe, AIDA Cruises, Museum Abtei Liesborn, C&A Gruppe, von Rundstedt HR Partners, United Internet, Dada Janco Museum Ein Hod/Israel, 
private collections



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