Brementowne, 2008. View of installation at Friedrich Pretzel Gallery.

Storytelling As Life Cycle: A Conversation with Keith Edmier

Born on the South Side of Chicago in 1967, Keith Edmier grew up in the suburb of Tinley Park, Illinois. At the age of 17, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the film industry creating make-up special effects. He briefly attended the Cali­fornia Institute of the Arts/CalArts, then moved to New York in 1991 to commit himself to making art full time. Eroticism, mortality, and autobiography (often overlapping with pop culture) form his core interests and have remained central themes for more than 25 years. Edmier has shown extensively around the world, including solo exhibitions at the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum in Tampa, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Andy Warhol Museum and major surveys at the CCS Bard-Hessel Museum of Art in New York and the Frans Hals Museum/De Hallen Haarlem in the Netherlands. He is currently collaborating with curators at the Walker Art Center to organize an exhibition around his Brementowne project; he will also present “Keith Edmier: The Year Without Summer” at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Florida Southwestern State College this fall. …see the entire article in the print version of September’s Sculpture magazine.