Artist Statement -

An outstanding feature of my abstract digital art works is the translucent, intensive color design with finely graded color harmonies and the painterly quality of the images achieved through comprehensive aritistic reworking with Photoshop. This makes each and every digital artwork to a one of a kind creation. The high quality of my digital files allows large fine art prints up to 75 inch.

Artist Exhibitions

Jan. 26 - Febr. 19, 2010, Group Exhibition,
Donnie 2010 Contest and Exhibit,
MOCA: Museum of Computer Art, Brooklyn, New York.

Jan. 29 - March 28, 2010, Group-Exhibition,
“Electric Paint: The Computer as 21st Century Canvas,”
LakeviewMuseum of Arts & Sciences, Peoria, Illinois, USA.

Exibitions 2008

Sept. 11 - Nov. 9, 2008, Group-Exhibition,
“Electric Paint: The Computer as 21st Century Canvas,”
MacNider Art Museum, Mason City, Iowa, USA.

Sept 1, 2008 - Jan 1, 2009, (and thereafter
will become a travelling exhibition), juried Group-Exhibition
“The Americas Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Prints”,
Iowa City, Universtät Iowa, Project Art Gallery, USA

Sept 2 - Sept 18, 2008, Inaugural Exhibition,
International Digital Art Show
Gallery of the Museum of Computer Art, Brooklyn, NY, USA.

May 1 - Oct. 31, 2008, Group Exhibition,
"Variety of Digital Art 2008", Kunstlege,
Gruenenbach (Westallgaeu) Germany.

March 29 – April 20, 2008, Group Exhibition
(and thereafter will become a travelling exhibition).
Naestved International Exhibition of Contemporary Mini Square Prints, Naestved Roennebaeksholm Art & Cultur Center, Denmark

Nov. 10 - Nov. 25, 2007, Group-Exhibition
Invitational & Digital Media Exhibition,
Digital Long Island New Media Festival,
Port Jefferson Village Center [NYC], USA

August 14 - 17, 2007, Group Exhibition
CGIV 4th International Conference Computer Graphics,
Imaging and Visualization in Bangkok, Thailand.

July 3 - 11, 2007, Group Exhibition
iV - 11th International Conference
Information Visualisation in Zurich, Switzerland

March 16 - April 29, 2007, Group-Exhibition
M.I.A.D Venado Tuerto,
Museum of Fine arts ROSA GALISTEO de RODRIGUEZ,
Santa Fé, Argentina

Exhibitions 2006 - 1996

April 7 - June 17, 2006,
(and thereafter as travelling exhibition)
Electric Paint: The Computer as 21st Century Canvas, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin, USA

January 27-28-29 2006, Group-Exhibition
CeC & CaC - The Carnival of e-Creativity & Change-agents Conclave, India International Centre, New Delhi, India.

Oct. 11 - Nov. 9 2005, Group-Exhibition
pixel-up 001 computerart,
Gallery of Sparkasse Friedberg, Germany

25-28 February 2005, Group-Exhibition
MAF 05 - Thailand 3rd New Media Arts Festival 2005
Bangkok, Thailand

Febr. 2 - April 2, 2005, Group-Exhibition,
galerie eins, Bad Muenstereifel, Germany
Aktuelle Kunst

Nov. 13rd, 2004, Solo-Exhibition
Galerie Bunkier Sztuki
Music/Art-Event with opera singer Monika Kopec,
Krakow, Poland

Mai 15 - Juni 13, 2004, Group-Exhibition,
cubus kunsthalle, Duisburg, Germany

Februar 2003, Group-Exhibition
East Hawai’i Cultural Center
Hilo, Hawaii, USA
2003 International Cyberart Exhibition

March 25, 2003, Group-Exhibition
Academy Gallery
University of Tasmania Australia.
International Digital Art Award

July 7 - 13, 2003, Group-Exhibition
Gallery at Cork Street
London, U.K.

July 17 - 30, 2003, Solo-Exhibition
LeVall Art Gallery
Novosibirsk, Russia

Aug. 8 - Sept. 23, 2003, Group-Exhibition
Cyberart to the Dining table
Glenelg, South Australia

August 12 - 25, 2003 Group-Exhibition
Kirkcudbright, Scotland

Sept. 20 - Nov. 2, 2003, Group-Exhibition
Brave Destiny
Williamsburg Art and Historical Center,
New York, USA

Oct. 6 - 16, 2003, Group Exhibition
Art meets Charity
Hamburg, Germany

Oct. 18 - 19, 2003, Group-Exhibition
aniGma - First International Festival of
Digital Imaging & Animation
Novosibirsk, Russia

Nov. 15 - Dec. 31, 2003, Group-Exhibition
Diego Victoria Gallery
Miami, Florida, USA

11-20 December 2003, Group Exhibition
VCA Gallery University of Melbourne, Australia.
International Digital Art Award

April 10 - May 31, 2002, Solo-Exhibition
Wiedenhoefer & Kuch
Westhausen, Germany

June 5 - 28, 2002, Solo-Exhibition
DLZ-Dieter Weiss
Heiningen, Germany

January 4th - 25th, 2002
East Hawai’i Cultural Center
Hilo, Hawaii, USA
2002 International Cyberart Exhibition

December 7th - 16th, 2001
Fortezza da Basso, Florence, Italy
3. Biennale dell’Arte Contemporanea

August 31rst - 6th, 2001
Museo de Arte del INBA
Juárez, México

October 8th, 1996
Ottawa, Canada


Artist Publications

Gary Singh
Into the Abstract
About the Cover
4 November/December 2005 Published by the IEEE Computer Society
0272-1716/05/$20.00 © 2005 IEEE

After leaving school in 1965, German-based artist Karin Kuhlmann studied photography and graphic design. She earned a living for the next 25 years as a commercial artist in the analog world of the advertising industry. “Any kind of designing, painting, and illustrating has always been part of my job,” Kuhlmann explained. “But my creativity was strictly restricted by the respective product and the particular demands of customers and consumers. In 1994 the computer made its arrival into my life. First I needed it for my job, but I discovered very soon the creative potential of this new artistic tool.”
In 2000 she launched her own Web site and the rest is history. “From the feedback I’ve received, I know that a great deal of my visitors are pupils, students, and teachers from all over the world, and I get a lot of inquiries for help and information because they have to work on homework, essays, lectures, term papers, or dissertations about computer graphics or a digital artist. Some of my works were selected to illustrate the chapters about new art, new media, hypermedia communication, mathematics, and fractals in several educational programs and schoolbooks.”

Kuhlmann defines symbiosis as “a very close form of nationalization between two dissimilar natures, useful and necessary for both and leading to a permanent legal partnership.” She says that Symbiose (the cover image) is an attempt to describe a lifelong partnership between two human beings like a man and a wife. “I used two different forms to realize this idea. The one in the background shows geometrical figures like triangles, overlapping polygons, and straight clear lines. The second form is round and fluid; the predominant colors are reds and yellows. The two forms are blended together without a visibly dividing line between them. The cool, objective colors and forms of the background are blended with the warm, vibrant colors and forms of the foreground.” She generated the image’s main elements with KPT5 Frax Flame, a set of Photoshop plug-ins. “Although I’ve saved hundreds of presets and my own settings for color scheme and rendering methods to get started with, the generating of flames is only a first step. This first step may be by chance but with the choice of some structures and patterns, I already had a real idea of the subject I would like to illustrate.”

Symbiose, along with Meltingpot (see Figure 1) and The Huntress (see Figure 2) belong to a series of abstract expressionistic works Kuhlmann has been working on since 2000. She said Meltingpot is a metaphor for societies with a great variety of cultural, religious, and political minorities and their integration. The Huntress, she explained, is a very female interpretation of women’s rights, liberation, and power, and won the online Museum of Computer Art’s 2003 Donnie Award for the category of Fractal and Mathematical Art. When viewing Kuhlmann’s abstract expressionist images, you immediately wonder what Jackson Pollock would have done if he had had access to a fractal generator.

Art Deco2 (see Figure 3) is one example of Kuhlmann’s more traditional fractal images, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some psychological underpinnings going on. When asked if her creative process is one of improvisation or calculated planning, Kuhlmann brings up the surrealists and their processes of automatism, that is, a form of automatic writing driven by the unconscious. This is how she releases her inner pictures. She cites surrealist Max Ernst: “… the lack of a picture on an empty sheet can only be forced by developing a mechanism of poetical inspiration.” Without hesitation, she also quotes expressionist Paul Klee:
“Art doesn’t reflect the visible. Art makes visible.” When working with such techniques, she begins by generating organic shapes with KPT5 and then endlessly reworks layers, colors, light, and transparencies. “Drawing by algorithm depends widely on coincidence,” she explained. “However, the generating and selecting of dynamic organic forms, their editing and coloring, depends on the abilities and the imagination of the artist. Mathematical art is, although it seems to be a contradiction in terms, a very intuitive and individual kind of work.”
Ever since she began using computers as artistic tools, Kuhlmann has meandered toward the abstract and the mathematical, which is reflected in her work. “Like music, fractals are very abstract and a wonderful medium to play with,” she said. “Dipping into the fractal space means to enter absolutely new and unknown territories … and I’m the conqueror. Although its creation is bounded to strict mathematical rules, the results are always very inspiring … because I’m the one who chooses the forms, the details, and the colors of each fractal - also an expression of myself.”

The future
Kuhlmann has spent her entire life in the North Rhine Westfalia region of Germany, a place where most people aren’t familiar with computer art. Since her Web site went up 5 years ago, the amount of contacts she’s acquired through being online has led to several exhibitions and awards. And although she’s recognized around the globe, she says she still can’t live off of her art. “I hope it will increase in the near future,” she explained, “when museums, galleries, and art lovers may realize that we, the digital artists, are the pioneers of a new kind of contemporary art.” Kuhlmann also occasionally collaborates with artists from other disciplines. Currently, she is working on a series titled, Music. “I got the idea for this topic in November 2004 when I was invited to have a solo exhibition together with the opera singer Monica Kopec in Krakow, Poland. Accompanied by electronic music she tried to interpret my images shown on big screens … or vice versa: Her singing was illustrated by the images. It would be great to repeat such a music/art event because they complement one another in a wonderful way.” Kuhlmann will also take part in an exhibition next spring titled, Electric Paint: The Computer as 21st Century Canvas, which opens at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin, before touring the US. “

Concerning the future,” she said, “I’m now 57. But unlike others who began to think about retiring in this age I’m full of power and ideas for new works and projects that I’ll try to realize during the next years.”

Readers may contact Gary Singh at

Steve Danzig, Executive Chair of the 3rd IDAA 2003:

"This year presents the strongest artwork to date with a distinctive reference to Post-Modern Abstract across several digital styles. We are pleased to include several prominent artists in this years exhibition," says Steve Danzig, Executive Chair.

This years major award winner is Karin Kuhlmann who receives the Laurence Gartel Award For Excellence.

Karin is a German artist whose algorithmic (mathematical) art reflects early American Abstract Expressionism from the 1950's. There is strong organic symmetry in her composition and like the early abstractionists such as Pollock, "Karin's art explores a higher conscious towards self mapping of personal and social conditions."...

Artist Collections

Bayer, Leverkusen
Black Rock
Americas Biennial Exhibition Archive, Iowa, USA
Smithtown Township Arts Council, New York, USA
Archives of Grafisk Vaerksted NAESTVED & Naestved County, Denmark
Academy Gallery, University of Tasmania, Australia
Corel-Center, Ottawa, Canada
East Hawaii Cultural Center, Hilo, Hawaii, USA
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, USA
cubus-kunsthalle Duisburg, Germany
LeValle Gallery, Russia
3X Bankentechnik GmbH, Germany
Dr. med Kai Richter, Germany...

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