New York

Kirsten Stoltmann


In her New York solo debut, Los Angeles–based artist Kirsten Stoltmann used materials and techniques familiar from junior high art class to access the absurd heights and maudlin depths of teenage fantasy. The arrangement of collages, sculpture, and video that she exhibited at Wallspace blended desire and shame, offering an adolescent take on sexual fantasy, racial politics, and materialistic envy. Regression to a teenage mind-set might seem counterintuitive when examining such complex topics, but Stoltmann manages to inject at least some nuance. The reflexive implications of the show’s title, “I Know What I’m Doing,” further suggested that Stoltmann is not the naïf she appears.

The best works included here were among the eight collages hung on one wall of the main gallery. Pieced together from images clipped from magazines and posters, these wax-splattered amalgamations of slick Lamborghinis,

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