Cabbage Looper Leaf Tracings, 2019-ongoing. colored pencil on paper, 9" x 12" each

Cabbage Looper Leaf Tracings, 2019-ongoing. colored pencil on paper, 9" x 12" each


November 14, 2019 - February 26, 2020

opening Thursday, November 14, 5 - 8 pm performance lecture with S.E. Nash begins at 6pm

The Kniznick gallery is proud to present a solo exhibition of Kansas City-based artist S.E. Nash. Krautsourcing is a socially engaged exhibition that continues the artist’s investigation into the collective and creative inventions of people and microbes. At the opening event for Krautsourcing, Nash will combine jars of fermented sauerkraut brought through an open call for participation. When tasting the resulting collective kraut, Nash asks us to consider our bodily entanglements with each other and the innumerable microbes in the ferment.

In his ongoing work with fermentation, Nash creates sculptural homages to fermented foods. The ferments are seen on display in concert with sculptures, and perceptual changes in the ferments are observed over time as part of the sculptures. The gaps between living and nonliving, active and static, art and nonart, are ontological questions that the work takes on. 

For Krautsourcing, Nash constructs a series of sculptural and wall-based works that draw on the spaces of the kitchen and the science lab as extensions of the studio and sites of knowledge production. Krautsourcing generates a heterotopic space for working with microbes and for thinking through connections between the artist’s transgender experience, family history, fermentation, and microbial existence. In this space, all organisms and atoms produce knowledge and subvert subject positions by engaging in a perpetual dance that observes the observer observing. 

This exhibition is made possible thanks to the generous support of Rosalie & Jim Shane, the Marcus Arts Endowment, and the Rosenberg Arts Endowment.


Bring a pint of homemade sauerkraut to take part in a collective kraut experience! Your kraut will be an integral part of the exhibition. All types of krauts are welcome, and a plain kraut recipe can be found in the image below.

Bring your kraut to the Kniznick Gallery at Brandeis University on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 5pm to participate in Krautsourcing.

Please fill out this RSVP link to confirm your participation and to receive email updates.

Kraut recipe from “Fostering the Microcosmos,” a 2019 risograph zine published by the artist: