78 First Avenue, Atlantic Highlands, NJ located above The Painted Frame

Nils Karsten – “Beneath the Dark Wide Sky” Aug 6 – Sep 3

Nils Karsten – “Beneath the Dark Wide Sky” Aug 6 – Sep 3

In 2015 Nils Karsten was asked to design an album cover for the band Dream The Electric Sleep.  Karsten’s surreal and fantastic images were the perfect match for the band’s newly released album “Beneath the Dark Wide Sky” where images and sounds collide in a world turned upside down.  This exhibition features several designs the artist made for the album giving the viewer access to the collaborative process between a visual artist and the musicians.


Originally from Hamburg, Germany, the artist apprenticed as a cabinetmaker in Berlin before moving to New York in 1995. He received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 1999, participated in the Skowhegan program in 2002, and received his MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2003. Since then, he has been a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

His work has been shown in galleries and museums throughout the US, and internationally; including Pearl Lam Galleries in Hong Kong and Shanghai, China, ozasahayashi in Kyoto, Japan, Earl McGrath Gallery in Los Angeles,  Marvelli Gallery, Ubu Gallery, Churner and Churner, and the Museum of Art & Design in New York, The Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX, the Pera Museum in Istanbul, Turkey, Gestalten Space in Berlin, Germany, and the Museo Valenciano de la Ilustración y la Modernidad in Valencia, Spain.

His work can be found in numerous private collections and in such public collections as that of the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the Mint Museum in Charlotte and the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina.

He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.


Zepplin – wood block cut