Ulrike Palmbach


In a recent exhibition with the Stephen Wirtz Gallery, artist Ulrike Palmbach created a series of materially rich and ambiguous sculptures that employ a sense of dark humor and illusion. The artist often renders common objects by hand in materials such as felt, muslin, wood and stains. At a distance, each piece is seemingly normal, but, upon further inspection, one can see that each exhibited item is an imitation in material and thus function. Palmbach is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, and she attended Hochschule der Kunste in Berlin and the Freie Kunstschule Stuttgart. Last year, the artist has exhibited “Reconsidered Materials or Although Suitcases May Seem As Though They’re Made of Stone, They Seldom Are” at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.