Profile: Dina Kelberman Artist Last Update:April 7, 2018

"No No No No No", installation shots from solo show, bb Gallery, Baltimore, MD, (Remotes 15” x 22” Archival digital print), 2016.

Dina Kelberman is an artist living and working in Baltimore, MD. She has shown and spoken about her work internationally. Kelberman was recently invited to create original web-based pieces for the New Museum and The Marina Abramovic Institute and was included in the Montréal International Biennial of the Contemporary Image. Her work has been written about in The New York Times, Art21 and NPR.

Selected Work

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Much of my work comes out of my natural tendency to spend long hours collecting and organizing imagery from the internet, television, and other commonplace surroundings of my everyday life. I like to elevate the familiar and transform brief moments into infinite stretches of time. I gravitate towards things that are simple, colorful, industrial, and mundane. I am interested in using materials that are easily accessible and familiar to the everyday person – anyone can and should make things that are perfectly natural to them and yet totally inexplicable to someone else. Humans are definitely a failure of an animal, but at least every single one of them is extremely weird. In some ways my work is about how everyone and everything is special, and so while specialness is not special, it is still pretty much the most exciting thing going.

I enjoy exercising resourcefulness; setting up limitations and then seeing what is possible within them. I like how when things are simple enough they turn into whatever you were already thinking about but they don’t lose themselves, it just turns out they were always about that thing. Sometimes I think intentionality is the opposite of truth but then again that’s art. I make work as I am compelled to make it and consider why later, often resulting in connections I didn’t consciously set out to realize. In close examination of the simple or the seemingly insignificant the viewer may bring their own limitless associations.

Links / Updates

Selected Writing/Publications:

Cole, Teju.  Known and Strange Things, New York: Random House, 2016

Goldsmith, Kenneth.  Wasting Time on the Internet, New York: HarperCollins, 2016

“A Visual Remix”, The New York Times Magazine

Fontcuberta, Joan (Editor).  The Post-Photographic Condition. Montreal: Kerber Verlag, 2015

“Sailors Take Warning: Dina Kelberman’s Cloud Formations”, Carbon Culture

“Dina Kelberman’s I’m Google”, Art21 Magazine, September 3 

“The Atlas of Affect”, The New Inquiry, July 7