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NAT GIRSBERGER is a Swiss visual artist based in Brooklyn, New York, a graduate from NYU film and visual communication. Her most recent exhibits include her solo show at Ivy Brown Gallery in Chelsea called 'Transient Terrain,' and shows at both The Living Gallery Outpost and Carrie Able Gallery. Recent production design work includes UP NORTH & THE HOLDOUTS (both winners at SERIES FEST), James Franco: HORROR TIME, Tessora, CELEBRITY CRUSH, NIKOLA TAMiNDZiC, Damn Joan. Videography and photography backstage and runway at New York Fashion Week, Bridal Market, ELLE Magazine. Nat splits her time between visual work for clients such as Megan Poe MD for New York University and the IMAGE FLOW and her own studio time (collaging/ mixed media/ installations). Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Observer, Indiwiere, Whitehot, Artreveal and various other publications.
mission: collaboration with my unconscious to create visuals in order to better the collective unconscious.
education: Film and Visual Communication at New York University, Gallatin, Minor in producing at NYU Tisch.
languages: english. german. swiss german. french.
programs: avid. indesign. photoshop. lightroom. after effects. sketchup. flash. bridge.
My art practice is a collaboration with my unconscious, a beautiful interplay between what surfaces intuitively and what I choose to make of it in conjunction with the materials available. I feel that I carry a limitless microcosm within. Yet this vastness gets externally limited as I subscribe to a reality that I had little influence in creating. I have been exploring this issue in collaging, as the medium lends itself to an instinctive, ‘automatic’ process of selecting and arranging. In collaging, the subconscious mind finds new relationships by juxtaposing what does not usually go together, it taps into layers of being that are unexplored. The infinite possibilities of the process suit my inner world, while liberating my experience from the boundaries of rationalism. My work is in conversation with that of a thread of surrealist artists through the 20th century. The lineage of surrealism challenges reality by encouraging the dialogue between ego and what is unknown to it, which is exactly what I am interested in.
I use retro material that I carefully select to hand-make collages. This traditional, analog approach, in conjunction with using vintage imagery, lets me understand myself as but a construct of my past experiences. This is crucial in grasping how the reality that I find so constricting has come to exist, which then leads to its artistic defiance. I believe that a collective unconscious with a long history of the same or similar conditioning is at the source of everything we perceive and agree to, informing all of our actions.
I challenge our constructed reality by setting my collages in the future. Like the unconscious, this dreamlike realm of time knows no barriers of what is possible, and therefore, frequently clashes with what we selectively perceive. I attempt to find a place where I can defy gravity and explore our planet and solar system. The visual outcome is connected to the core of our truly surreal existence.
What moves me into a world of futuristic surrealism is also what keeps me in the present. I am trying to find a more satisfying way of existing as a being of the present – a present in which I am quite capable of embracing my inner multiverse.
Therefore, my collages encapsulate the past, present and future to challenge or defy the limits of what we perceive. By artistically adventuring into the infinity of the psyche (which may include untold worlds and dimensions), I can consciously create the most rewarding physical reality possible. The transient inner world gets collapsed into an integrated form. It's a conscious uprising of pure and playful intent, which hopefully speaks to a larger existence that embraces the expansive unconscious, and the full potential of our minds and bodies. My art attempts to inspire others to express their limitless imaginations, while unabashedly tapping into our mystical, ever-changing energy.
exhibitions, print and festivals.
- 'Transient Terrain', solo exhibit at Ivy Brown Gallery (2017)
- Many Faces' exhibit, The Living Gallery Outpost, LES NYC, ' (2018)
- 'Aesthetic of Dreams,' Carrie Able Gallery, NYC, 2018
- Brooklyn Women's Film Festival, 2017, film hue at Videology in Brooklyn
- Anime Arte, film Free Will Fantasy in Rio de Janeiro, 2017
- Baby's All Right, Brooklyn event and music venue, May 2016, 'hue' shown.
- Series fest 2017, THE HOLDOUTS and UP NORTH
- Serbian International Film Festival 'MISTER VORKY', June 2015 in Ruma, 'Free Will Festival' shown.
-THE DL, L.E.S, pop up art & fashion show, May 2015 NYC - Exhibited 15+ photos.
- WALLPLAY, Liar Magazine Launch Party, April 2015 -Exhibited cinematography for Nikola Tamindzic
-Gansevoort Hotel Penthouse, April 2015 NYC - Stephan Wrembel & Art of Fashion event, exhibited 4 photos.
- Gallery QNS Collective, February 2015 until April 2015 NYC- Project: Dreamer and Happy Never After.
- Gallery Sensei, January 2015, Daze Salon NYC- Project: Faces.
- LIAR Magazine, Issue 1: Cinematography for Fashion Film by Nikola Tamindzic.
- Ginger Zine, Vol.2 (September 2015) NYC - Project: Shine on you Crazy Diamond.
- BELLA NYC Magazine (print) (July/August 2015) - Featuring Photography for Dara Senders NYC.
- Accessories Magazine (web) (August 2015) - Featuring Photography for Dara Senders NYC.
- 'the gallery' NYU, Kimmel Center, March 2015 NYC- Photos from several projects and film 'après un rêve.'
-Greenpoint Gallery, January Grand Salon 2018, Collages
- Boulevard Café, July 2014 until present NYC - Project: Shine on you crazy diamond
- Daze Mag, 2nd Edition (September 2014) NYC - Project: faces and video chimera
-Bushwick open Studios 2017 at Daya Yoga Studio
7 page spread interview on Nat and Jess Prusa and their collaboration 'Free Will Fantasy' to be featured in the newest edition of cinewomen http://www.womenartconnect.com/cinewomen.php