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Jake Ziemann Biography

Jake Ziemann’s work explores personal states of being through bodily shapes that conjoin ceramic sculpture with utilitarian support. Ziemann’s ceramic forms fold over, slump, and lean, physically depending on their solid structural bases, which are constructed of everyday industrial materials such as bricks, wooden slats, painted cardboard, and gypsum panels. Using materials that are suggestive of the artist’s studio, and correlated with construction, these works are formally rooted in the process of building, while serving as a metaphor for the labor it takes to develop relationships with the world around us.

Simultaneously melancholic and comedic in their sense of awkwardness, Ziemann refers to his sculptures as, “alluding to a sense of longing for permanence and structure, weighted down by the exhaustions and imperfections inherent in all human interactions.” Each of Ziemann’s sculptures mirror the subject matter of a pop song lyric that is referenced in its title. The objects reflect the universality of personal matters that are often too difficult to discuss and share directly.

Jake Ziemann completed his MFA in 2012 at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and his BFA in 2008 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Ziemann’s work has recently been showcased in Set In Stone, a two-person exhibition at Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles (2016) and a solo exhibition at SOME.TIME.SALON, San Francisco (2015). His work has been featured in group exhibitions throughout the United States including Set the Table, BBQLA, Los Angeles, CA (2017); I Go, You Go, Good to Go, Unclebrother, Hancock, NY (2017); Apollo on Earth, HILDE, Los Angeles, CA (2017); EXPAT, R/SF Projects, San Francisco, CA (2017); Sexxxitecture, CULT Aimee Friberg Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA (2015); , Cameo Gallery, Portland, OR (2015); stumble block, TMoro Projects, Santa Clara, CA (2014); All That and a Bag of Chips, Deadspace, New York, NY (2014); and Beauty, Berkeley Art Center Berkeley, CA (2012). Ziemann has completed residencies at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT and the New York Studio Program at AICAD in Brooklyn, NY in 2012 and 2011 respectively.