Karen Irmer received her artistic education at Akademie der bildenden Künste in Munich in the class of Gerd Winner and Sean Scully. She received the Kunstförderpreis of the city of Ausburg in 2002, a stipend from Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Berlin in 2005 and the Debutantinnenförderung from Akademie der Künste München in 2007. Further stipends brought her to France, South-Korea and Ireland. From 2006 to 2010 she had a teaching position at Hochschule für Gestaltung in Augsburg. Since 2011 she is teaching in the Department of History and Education of Art at Augsburg University. Irmer lives and works in Augsburg and Berlin.
Irmers artistic strategy is essentially based on a very precise perception, the visual presentation of the perceived and the potential to disguise, that lies in the presentation itself. All of these are modifications, case studies of reality to her, found in landscapes, urban space, street- and everyday-sceneries, captured photographically and often staged in relation to the surrounding. Irmer does not react all that much to important events or spectacular motives, but rather to the sensible, ordinary experiencing and conceiving of the own environment. Above all it is the strong receptivity for those perceptions of the “ordinary” that allows Irmer to stand out as a poetic phenomenologist of the everyday life.
Thomas Elsen 2008
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