Simone Stoll

Having spent four years in London, three years in Berlin, six months in Iceland, and then fourteen years in Marseille, Simone Stoll now lives between her hometown of Frankfurt and New York, her newly-adopted city. Between these two locations, she continues to build upon a body of work in which the main question concerns intimacy and the corporal locus of identity. 

Her experiences in foreign lands (being an experience of foreignness as well) made her able to open herself mentally as well as physically to new languages and norms. This created an emotional memory, sensorial and intellectual, to which Simone Stoll has connected to “create the images of a receptive state” of the being, the feminine being. « My understanding of intimacy could only be through that of a woman. » she explains. This admission has been made, but needs to be truly understood. For Simone Stoll, the feminine identity is not a gender conflict, but rather a fact and a physical reality which must be explored to its most furthest and sensitive confines to understand oneself.

For her, the body is a given, an intense medium for experimentation and discovery of the inner world. Regarding the outer world, it is either sterilized or considered as an archetypal set of stimuli. It is the rain, the concrete, and the gray sky in the video Rain, it is the hotel corridor, the sandy beach, or a stony desert in the series of Walking, and it is the sound of water in Swim. In the drawing series titled Softbodies or Vulnerables, it is the emptiness necessary for every presence. These presences, being organic, fluid and fragile, smooth-skinned and furry, membranes delicately traced in ink and red watercolour, float on a blank paper. They evoke, without representing, the genital organs of Women. To be precise, it is the locus where the original unions and separations occur, the place of exchange and identity in construction par excellence.

In her Loveletters, Simone Stoll reduces her artistic gesture to the making of a print – that of sexual lips. In doing so, she excludes all preliminary interpretation and simulates the gift of flesh and blood. Ultimately, what she offers to us is nothing less than a new secret world, a hermetically-sealed confidence able to produce in each one of us mental imagery of our own deep self. Never is the veil lifted on the bare truth, the fundamental truth. Simone Stoll knows this, but plays with the symbolic unveiling. This is what happens in Bride, where she is a nearly-petrified bride, dressed in a simple fabric with a pop-kitsch design, a fabric which blends in with the wallpaper behind her. Little by little, the fabric becomes transparent and the bride becomes animated, commencing an absurd dance before the lens; the partially-revealed nudity does not go so far as to reveal the access of her being. 

(1) Simone Stoll, Softbodies-extra, éditions la fabrique sensible, 2006

Born in 1967 in Frankfurt. Lives and works in Frankfurt and New York.

STUDIES

  • 1993 Post Graduate Advanced Diploma in Central School Drama and Visual Art – London
  • 1992 BTEC Higher National Diploma in Theater Design – London

SELECTED PUBLIC & PRIVATE COLLECTIONS 

  • Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art - Brooklyn Museum – New York
  • 2006 Fonds d’art contemporain de la ville de Marseille (France)
  • 2001 Collection d’Art Contemporain – Artothèque Antonin Artaud – Marseille (France)
  • 1998 Fonds d’art contemporain de la ville de Marseille (France)
  • 1998 Collection d’art contemporain – Petronaphte-Fina – Marseille (France)
  • 1997 Collection d’Art Contemporain – Centre d’Art 3bisf – Aix-en-Provence (France)
  • 1994 Kjarvalsstadir Musée Municipal d’Art Moderne Reykjavik (Iceland)
  • 1993 Collection of Contemporary Art – Volksbank Dreieich (Germany)

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • 2010 Vulnerables - CHIC DESSIN, 3e Rue Galerie - Paris
  • 2006 Softbodies-extra - Das Boot - New York

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS / FESTIVALS / BIENNALES

  • 2011 Walking, the trilogy - Fotonoviembre, XI Bienal International de Fotografia de Tenerife
  • 2011 Inside – VIII Naoussa International Film Festival, Naoussa (Grèce)
  • 2011 Art on Paper – Drawing Fair, Bruxelles (Belgique)
  • 2011 Der Weg (le chemin) - Exquisite Corpse Video Project, Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (Argentine) 
  • 2011 En apparences – 3e Rue Galerie Marseille
  • 2010 CHIC ARTFAIR PARIS - 3e Rue Galerie
  • 2010 NORD ART – International exhibition - Büdelsdorf and Rendsburg (Germany)
  • 2010 MANIPULATED IMAGE #13' / "ABSENCE || PRESENCE" - CURATOR : ALYSSE STEPANIAN - Center For Contemporary Arts - Santa Fe - New Mexico (USA)
  • 2009 Video Dance Festival - Le Breuil (France)
  • 2008
MANIF D’ART 4 - Biennale de Québec (Canada)
  • 2008 Krannert Museum of Art - IL (USA)
  • 2008 One Minute Film - Festival Aarau (Switzerland)
  • 2008 Exquisite Corpse Video Collaboration Project, Monkey Town - New York
  • 2008 Non Stop Video, Formverk – Nyköping (Sweden)
  • 2007 The most curatorial biennal of the universe – Apexart – New York
  • 2006 Speed Limit – Red Head Gallery LMCC – New York
  • 2004 L6 – Art Center for Print and New Media – Freiburg (Germany)
  • 2004 Les artistes et la science – Institut Méditerranéen de Technologie – Marseille (France)
  • 2002 International Symposium – Academy of Arts – Berlin
  • 2002 VU D’ICI – Château de Lauris (France)
  • 2002 Werkstatt Junge Akademie – Akademie der Künste - Berlin

AWARDS / RESIDENCIES

  • 2007 Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant – New York
  • 2006 Grant City of Marseille
  • 2006 artist-in-residency – Cox Studios, Art Systems, Brooklyn – New York
  • 2005 Artsite en résidence – Centre Multimédia – Martigues (France)
  • 2002-2004 Artist-in-residency – G.E.R.M., Fundamental Research Lab on Motoneurons
  • 2002 Grant Art Council PACA France
  • 2002 International Symposium – Akademie der Künste – Berlin (Germany)
  • 2001-2002 Artist-in-residency - Akademie der Künste – Berlin (Germany)

BIBLIOGRAPHY / CATALOGUES

  • 2007 Catalogue d’exposition - VU D’ICI, Signé Lauris (France)
  • 2001 L’Art renouvelle le lycée (2) – Muntaner éditions (Marseille
  • 1999 Simone Stoll et Hervé Nahon – Cahier n°23 – Artothèque Antonin Artaud – Marseille (France)
  • 1999 Catalogue d’exposition - Fond d’Art Contemporain – Marseille (France)

Simone Stoll, Softbodies-extra (série), 2006-08, Encre sur papier aquarelle, 40 x 40 cm - Collection publique
Simone Stoll, Softbodies-extra (série), 2006-08, Encre sur papier aquarelle, 40 x 40 cm - Collection publique
Simone Stoll, Softbodies-extra (série), 2006-08, Encre sur papier aquarelle, 40 x 40 cm
Simone Stoll, Softbodies-extra (série), 2006-08, Encre sur papier aquarelle, 40 x 40 cm
Simone Stoll, Hottest Pink, video loop, sound - Edition de 5
Simone Stoll, Big Live Kinetic Profiles (série), 2001-2004, Fusain mouillé sur papier Arche, 88 x 101 cm - Collection privée
Simone Stoll, Big Live Kinetic Profiles (série), 2001-2004, Fusain mouillé sur papier Arche, 88 x 101 cm
Simone Stoll, Bride, Video 10:34 loop, silent, Premiered: 2008, Randall Scott Gallery Washington DC - Edition of 5
Simone Stoll, Bride, Video 10:34 loop, silent, Premiered: 2008, Randall Scott Gallery Washington DC - Edition of 5
Simone Stoll, CLKP (série), 2012, Fusain mouillé sur papier aquarelle, 112 x 76 cm (diptyque)
Simone Stoll, CLKP (série), 2011, Fusain mouillé sur papier aquarelle, 56 x 76 cm
Simone Stoll, Crow, 2009, video loop, sound, - Edition of 5
Simone Stoll, Lovesick, 2006-08, Encre rouge sur papier, 50 x 50 cm - Original
Simone Stoll, Inside, video loop - Edition of 5
Simone Stoll, Inside, video loop - Edition de 5
Simone Stoll, LOSS, 2011, video 5:33 loop, Premiered: Herter Gallery, Amherst (USA) - Edition of 5
Simone Stoll, Love letters (série), Empreinte au rouge à lèvres sur papier, 15 x 21 cm - original
Simone Stoll, Love letters (série), Empreinte au rouge à lèvres sur papier, 15 x 21 cm - original
Simone Stoll, Love letters (série), Empreinte au rouge à lèvres sur papier, 15 x 21 cm - original
Simone Stoll, RAIN, 2008, Vidéo 1:30 loop, sound, Premiered: sos-art / L’Avant Rue Paris - Edition of 5
Simone Stoll, RAIN, 2008, Vidéo 1:30 loop, sound, Premiered: sos-art / L’Avant Rue Paris - Edition of 5
Simone Stoll, Unlearn, 2009, Video 3:00 loop, sound, Premiered: ATHENS VIDEO ART FESTIVAL - Edition of 5
Simone Stoll, Unlearn, 2009, Video 3:00 loop, sound, Premiered: ATHENS VIDEO ART FESTIVAL - Edition of 5
Simone Stoll, Unlearn, 2009, Video 3:00 loop, sound, Premiered: ATHENS VIDEO ART FESTIVAL - Edition of 5
Simone Stoll, Der Weg (Le Chemin), 2011, video 3:08 loop, Premiered: Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires - Edition of 5
Simone Stoll, Vulnerables (series), 2009, aquarelle sur Bristol (lisse) vernis, 27,9 x 35,6 cm - Collection privée
Simone Stoll, Translucent Moments, 2010, Video 1:00 loop, silent - Edition of 5
Simone Stoll, Walking Beach, 2008, Video 3:00 loop, sound - Edition of 5
Simone Stoll, Walking Desert, 2008, Video 3:00 loop, sound - Edition of 5
Simone Stoll, Walking Hall, 2008, Video 3:00 loop, sound - Edition of 5