"Tine Kindermann, the singing good fairy and clearly a visual artist with a fine sense of mystery" -- Jennifer Dunning, New York Times, January 2002
Tine Kindermann is a Berlin-born visual artist and singer living in New York. For the past decade she has created intimate scenarios inside of boxes, reminiscent of the European tradition of "Guckkasten" (peephole installation) and Wunderkammer. Made from drawers and crates found in the streets of New York, with figurines sculpted by the artist, these miniature worlds invite the viewer to participate as a voyeur in a story told without worlds, in which the dollhouse format often belies the severity of what has happened.
An important part of this work is a series based on Grimm's Fairy Tales. Many of these dark stories have poignant moments in which the hero or heroine experiences an event that turns their lives around. At the core of these moments lies a terrible stillness, time stopping for a heartbeat. These moments, and the feelings associated with their implied consequences, are what Tine Kindermann tries to capture in images.
In 2008, Tine released "schamlos schön", a CD of old German folk songs, featuring Marc Ribot, Greg Cohen, Lorin Sklamberg, Glenn Patscha and Frank London. Drawing inspiration from the darker side of folklore, both artwork and songs deal with the timeless themes of love and loss, longing and loneliness. Twice nominated for the German World Music Award, the program was toured successfully in New York and Germany, including two concerts with Iggy Pop at the Ruhrtriennale Festival 2009.
A new musical project, "Villa Delirium" (with John Kruth, Doug Wieselman, Kenny Margolis and Steven Bear), featuring dark, original, contemporary American folk music was introduced in 2011.
Tine Kindermann's art has been shown at NY Studio Gallery, Metaphor Contemporary Art, NYU Galleries, the Toy Theatre Museum, the Manhattan Borough President's Office, New York Studio Gallery, Bronx Community College (all New York City), Kurt im Hirsch (Berlin) and many other places.