Jimmy Kuehnle's art rarely consists of static objects to be contemplated in a gallery setting. For Kuehnle, art resides not in the thing, but in the encounter. In his work, that encounter is often disruptive, colorful, and lots of fun. Kuehnle's approach interrupts the experience of everyday life with the colorful, the strange, and the unexpected. These interruptions inspire reflection on one's own position-an apt metaphor, he might say, for the aspirations of art.
Jimmy Kuehnle researched public art and sculpture as a Fulbright Graduate Research Fellow in Japan after completing an MFA at the University of Texas at San Antonio. His recent work features public performance treks through rural and urban cities in the US, including Chicago, Detroit, Austin, St. Louis, Cincinnati, San Antonio, Dallas and New York as well as performances in Japan, Italy and Finland. He worked as a resident artist at Sculpture Space in Utica, New York, at Albion College in Albion Michigan and Ateljé Stundars in Vaasa, Finland. In 2010, he exhibited in a survey of international artists in residence at the Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro in Milan, Italy. Jimmy is an assistant professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art.