We had the good fortune of connecting with Kirsten Angerbauer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kirsten, what’s the end goal, career-wise?
By the end of my career, I would like to make artwork that has the ability to have a deep connection with a large audience. I want to make monumental public artworks, like Serra or Turrell. It would be a dream to have a retrospective in MoMA. I want to learn and develop my process, fabrication skillset, and capabilities. And more than anything, I want to feel like my art posed important questions, and accurately reflected it’s surroundings.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I create installations, public art, sculptures, and objects that are meant to be experienced, felt, and interacted with. This process invites chance interactions, and moments of reflection into the public sphere that did not exist before. I make art that questions relationships between dichotomies such as: experience/emotion, narrative/memory, authority/obedience, religion/oppression, and gender/body. Back in art school at UNT CVAD (BFA 18), I took a variety of classes geared towards digital fabrication and metalsmithing. It was not until my thesis project that all of my accumulated interests resulted in something that would launch the beginning of my professional career; my first public art piece “gardenblock”, a corten steel cube that is displayed on UNT campus today. This project combined with my experience working in the CVAD Fab Lab as a student allowed me to secure my current job as the Fabrication Lab Coordinator at the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning. My most recent public art project “the temple (a physical investigation of the fruitless pursuit of meaning)” is something I am very proud of and excited about. The piece was an installation at True/False Film Festival 2020, in Colombia, MO back in March before covid hit. In both scale and design, this was one of the most ambitions projects I have undertaken. This project was definitely a challenge; I learned so much about fabricating temporary structures, transporting artwork, and modular design. I was extremely grateful for the opportunity and funding, as well as for all the techniques I learned and will continue to develop in my practice.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would first and foremost take my friend to visit the DMA, Nasher, Crow, and of course Clyde-Warren Park for food trucks. It is essential to have a museum day in Dallas; these are some of my best memories. Depending on the time of year, we would check out the Aurora Biennial, and all the digital art installations that pop up during this time. I am a huge fan of Oni Ramen in Deep Ellum, as well as the Bomb Factory to catch a live show. If we had time, I would take them to north to Denton for a night, to bar hop, and see Glitter Bomb, the weekly drag show at Andy’s bar.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my life partner, best friend, and fellow artist Evan. He has always supported me in my art practice and professional career. It is because of his support that I have the studio space and tools needed to create my work. He has been an amazing companion during Covid lockdowns, and he’s always is ready to step in and do some angle grinding when my carpal tunnel is flaring up.