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Anna Kunz: Flood Tide

Anna Kunz created a series of monotypes at Manneken Press in July 2021; thirty six unique prints resulted from this intense work session. Inspired by water imagery, colors and forms revealed by chance and the wave-like back and forth motion of the press Kunz titled the series “Flood Tide”. Using geometric compositions inspired by the rules of geometry found in nature, Kunz has created a visual ecosystem within the prints. The “Flood Tide” prints were created using oil based inks and watercolor. Each impression is unique, printed on 22” x 20” Arches Cover paper. Published by and available from Manneken Press.


Anna Kunz is a Chicago-based artist whose work encompasses painting, sculpture and installation. Grounded in a rigorous generative process, Kunz collapses hierarchies between media and sensory experiences, often using painted and dyed fabrics that function like nets to capture and manipulate light and color to create immersive environments. Her work is a testament to the continued possibilities for painting to create a space of contemplation, unification and joy. Kunz has also collaborated with architects, musicians and dancers to create spaces for dance and theatrical productions, including Merce Cunningham Dance Company, The Performance Collective and Industry of the Ordinary.

Anna Kunz has exhibited her work widely, including recent solo exhibitions at Alexander Berggruen Gallery, NYC; Galerie Urbane, Dallas; McCormick Gallery, Chicago. “Color Cast”, a large scale installation at the Hyde Park Art Center, was mounted in 2018. Her work is included in numerous public and private collections.

Kunz has served as a curatorial advisor for several private organizations and artists. She operated Kunz Vis Projects, a Chicago exhibition space, and is co-founding director of the national artist-run space Tiger Strikes Asteroid’s Chicago branch.

Kunz has been awarded numerous artist residencies, including the Golden Family Foundation Residency, Edward Albee Foundation Residency, the Space Program at Marie Sharpe Walsh Foundation and the Roger Brown Artist Residency. Kunz earned a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Northwestern University.

“My work is primarily composed through color and it’s contingency on light, time, space, and perspective. The colors become bodies leaning into, and supporting each other, the edges of the forms and boundaries are dissolved, building a 'compassionate geometry'. I hope to make immersive experiences that collapse the distance between viewer and artwork. The paintings and monotypes are created in a very active, and physical way, I hope they activate the spaces where they are installed. The color is positioned to move and breathe in a surrounding, static space.”

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