Kai Caemmerer

Kai caemmerer



artist statement:

Corral, 2013 – (ongoing). This work explores elements of the sublime, but departs from classical notions of such by situating itself within the context of the built environment. In contrast to the awe-inducing natural landscapes commonly associated with the sublime, these photographs look towards our cities and the efforts of their construction: buildings that stretch past the frame and continue indefinitely; urban scenes of development that dwarf the viewer while still offering enough context for the viewer’s access. The images embody an aesthetic appeal, yet elicit anxiety through the suggestion of a looming unknown. If the classical sublime depicts the overwhelming power of the natural environment, might a contemporary sublime describe a society at the mercy of that which they themselves have built?


what do you love about Columbia College Chicago's MFA program?

Columbia’s relationship with the Museum of Contemporary Photography is a great asset for graduate students.  The museum is located on S. Michigan Avenue in the same building as the grad facilities, and constantly produces well-conceived and relevant exhibitions. Students have the ability to pull from the museum’s 12,000+ image collection for private print viewings and research purposes. 

The MFA program has nine fulltime faculty members, which gives graduate students access to a wide range of distinguished perspectives. The facilities are top notch and give students the opportunity to produce work using state of the art equipment. We have large Color and B&W wet-labs, as well as digital labs outfitted with Mac stations, Imacon scanners, and Epson large format printers.    

anticipated graduation date: May 2016



Kai Caemmerer, Untitled No.24, 2013, 40 x 50 inches. Pigment print.



Kai Caemmerer, Untitled No.70, 2014, 50 x 40 inches. Pigment print.



Kai Caemmerer, Untitled No.67, 2014, 50 x 40 inches. Pigment print.



Kai Caemmerer, Untitled No.30, 2013, 50 x 40 inches. Pigment print.



Kai Caemmerer, Untitled No.57, 2014, 40 x 50 inches. Pigment print.