Daniel Bruttig and Julia Klein
March 4 – April 9, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, March 4, 6-8PM

For more information please contact Kasia Kay at or call 312-944-0408.


kasia kay art projects gallery is pleased to present itisthis - an exhibition featuring new works by Daniel Bruttig and Julia Klein. This is Bruttig’s second exhibition with the gallery and the first exposure for Klein, who was invited by Bruttig to collaborate.

When “it is this” becomes itisthis, the whole consolidates and tightens. Finished product, done, complete. Until itisthis (the whole) becomes a part or parts again, and potential flourishes while definition recedes.

Daniel Bruttig and Julia Klein are involved in process-oriented practices that are propelled by intense engagements with materiality, pushing and pulling traditional boundaries in sculpture and painting.  Rubber bands and reactive polymer compounds replace paint; decorative fabrics substitute for canvas; furniture is made out of tape, drywall and unfired clay. Separately, Bruttig and Klein pursue structures and surfaces in accordance with their individual investigations. Together, they deploy their work into physical conversations about materiality, form, line, structure, function, image and decoration.


Daniel Bruttig received his MFA from the Department of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University in 2010 and his BFA from University of Illinois at Chicago in 2001. He has presented work in group and solo exhibitions in Chicago, New York, Milwaukee, and Toronto. In 2010, Bruttig received the Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging MFA nomination, and was awarded the Union League Civic Arts Foundation Visual Arts Scholarship in 2001. Daniel Bruttig was raised in various parts of Milwaukee/Racine, WI.  He currently lives and works in Chicago, IL.

Julia Klein received an MFA in Sculpture from Bard College and a BFA from The University of Michigan. She has participated in exhibitions in Ann Arbor, Chicago and New York as well as multiple artists’ residencies.  Most recently, she has designed props for performances by Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf (NYC), Collaboraction (Chicago) as well as for performances by directors Emilia Javanica, John Beer, and Carla Harryman.  In addition, she runs Soberscove Press, a Chicago-based small press dedicated to publishing art-related books and making accessible material that might otherwise only be available to specialists and/or that is out of print.


Concurrently, Kasia Kay's curatorial project Off the Wall, Off the Floor is on view at Walnut ink Gallery, Michigan City, IN. March 4 - May 29th. Opening Reception for the artist: Friday, April 1, 6-8pm. Walnut Ink Gallery, 607 Franklin Street, Michigan City, IN, 46360.

Off the Wall, Off the Floor - group exhibition of international artists. It features works on canvas, site-specific installations, sculptures, and works on paper.

Participating artists: Duncan R. Anderson (USA), Sandra Bermudez (USA), Rachel Beach (USA), Richard Blackwell (Australia), Daniel Bruttig (USA), Kim Curtis (USA), Diane Christiansen (USA), Katherine Desjardins (USA), Carla Gannis (USA), Claudia Hart (USA), S.J. Hart (USA), Andrea Loefke (Germany), Maleonn (China), James Olley (Canada), Sabina Ott (USA), David A. Parker (USA).

While materiality and process are central to artists' works that are included in the "Off the Wall, off The Floor" exhibition, they use both as a means to go beyond the solidness of what one sees to experience a perceptual and symbolic depth beyond. Diverse in material and form, each work represents an artist's interest in a perception and how we see the new in the familiar, something hidden, or immaterial in material. The works often interact with the architecture and surrounding space and are created with the aim of inspiring and stimulate sensations in the observer. - Kasia Kay.