Kim Karlsrud explores the grey areas between art and design, and the intersection of objects and landscapes. Before co-founding COMMONSTUDIO, Kim established the Los Angeles chapter of Project H Design, a social design non-profit. She holds an undergraduate degree in Product Design from Otis College of Art and Design, and an MFA in studio Art from the University of Michigan. She is currently the 2020-21 visiting artist and instructor at Graceland University.
COMMONSTUDIO is a collaborative practice between Kim Karlsrud and partner Daniel Phillips. They employ a broad understanding of “Commons” and create collaborative initiatives, interventions and installations exploring the complexities of urban ecosystems and their inhabitants.
COMMONSTUDIO has been recognized by Core77, Fast Company, The Buckminster Fuller Institute, and exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the 2013 Venice Biennale. They jointly received the 2014-15 Prince Charitable Trust Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture, and were 2017 residents at the Headlands Center for the Arts. They are currently developing interventions, installations, and research initiatives spanning the American Rust Belt, Sun Belt, and the megacities of south Asia.