Gunnar Kortenbach

They are a polydactyl artist and designer. Their expertise extends to responsive web designportrait photography, and video performance art

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The Cooper Union2016-2020, New York, NY.

The Cooper Union is a private college that was founded in 1859 by the industrialist Peter Cooper. U.S. News & World Report ranks The Cooper Union as the #2 college in the northern region of the United States.  Newsweek ranks Cooper as the “#1 Most Desirable Small School” and the “#7 Most Desirable School” overall.

Graduated: B.F.A. on May 27, 2020

DASH2012-2016, Miami, FL.

Design and Architecture Senior High, or 'DASH'  is a Miami-Dade County Magnet School that provides a rigorous curriculum in art, design, and academics to students who are admitted through a portfolio based application process. Students at DASH graduate with 32 credits, exceeding the state required 24.

Graduated: Cum Laude on June 8, 2016


Y(art) Sale - Unbranded Brewery - Miami, FL - 2021

  • Displayed an installation of macramé Tower Prototypes I & II, suspended over an 'island' of tropical plants grown by the artist including monsteras, syngoniums, coleus and pothos.

End of Year Show - The Cooper Union - Online Exhibition - 2020

  • Exhibited web design, alternate process photographs, and performance as part of Cooper Union's online EOYS exhibition.

BFA Show 2020 - Serving the People - Online Exhibition - 2020

  • Exhibited the Stiltsville film alongside over 800 artists in this massive online exhibition put together by STP.

Business as Usual - 7 E Seventh St - New York, NY - 2019

  • Screened the short film "Toyotathon: Camrypocalypse" as part of an exhibition curated by Claire Kleinman and Alisa Petrosova.

Still Life - Gallery Exhibition - New York, NY - 2019

  • Showed two paintings and distributed ephemera alongside many talented artists.

Art Show - The Dekalb Palace - New York, NY - 2019

  • Displayed an untitled painting at a popular underground music venue.

End of Year Show - The Cooper Union - New York, NY - 2018

  • Exhibited a 2-channel video installation "Partition" alongside design and photo work.

Anthology Film Archives - Cooper Union Film Festival - 2017

  • Screened a short film as part of a film festival on April 29, 2017.


Print Centerfold - OUCH! Magazine No. 1 - October 2020

  • My photo essay 'Glamour is Ageless' was published in print and digital for this semi-monthly artist publication. The photos feature Ms Pat and I in subtropical bliss, the essay details Ms Pat's past accomplishments.

Union Journal - The Drawing Issue - September 2020

  • Concept sketches for 'F the MTA' website were digitally presented with other Cooper students as part of an anthology.

Pastel Serenity Zine, Volume 1 - September 2020

  • My essay "On Graduating into Global Crisis" was published alongside photographs from my commemorative puddle ceremony in cap and gown.
  • Photo Assist: Claudia Corujo

Print Editorial - ARTFAG! Magazine VOL. 1 - May 2020

  • Selections from my 2018 "Self Ideations" portrait series were published in print and digital alongside an interview in this 80 page zine for charity. 

Cover Editorial - WAIF Magazine - February 14, 2020

  • Photo editorial on the front cover of WAIF Magazine's 'WAIF Loves You' issue, featuring designer brands alongside vintage jewelry pieces for this 97 page zine.  
  • Photo Assist: Rafaella Fontenelle
  • Makeup Artist: Halle Benoit


Creative Grant Winner - 2021

  • Awarded by Adolescent Content for Photography.
  • For the photo essay "Ms Pat on Love and Life".

Bliss Pride Campaign - 2020

  • Video collaboration with Adolescent Content x Bliss x Trevor Project.
  • Awarded most creative advertisement in the campaign.

Irwin and Lillian Appel Endowment  - 2020

  • Graciously donated by Kenneth Appel.

Vincent J. Mielcarek, Jr. Memorial Fund Prize - 2019

  • Received for outstanding academics and achievement in photography.

HackNYU - Honorable Mention - 2018

  • Accolade from J.P. Morgan Chase for work on a interface for disaster responders.

Work Experience

Art Director - Brutal Ceilings - 2020–2021

  • Oversaw all branding, creative development, and design initiatives for this Miami-based interior design startup.
  • Managed social media campaigns, earned media coverage, and customer relations workflows.
  • Designed showroom interiors and exteriors, planned ceiling layouts.
  • Developed guidelines for the human-machine manufacturing workflows of postmodern interior design products. 

Creative - Adolescent Content - 2020–2021

  • Shot influencer campaigns, endorsed skincare products, and completed commissioned photo series for web publication.

Technical Assistant - Cooper Union IT Department - 2020

  • Trained a multitude of professors and faculty in the use of Zoom and Microsoft Teams video meeting software during and outside of their online studio class time
  • Assisted in technical issues and educated on proper GUI navigation of Mac OS

Monitor - The Paul Laux Digital Architecture Studio - 2020

  • Oversaw laser cutter operations, large format plotter queues, and 3D printer maintenance while keeping the studio tidy and adequately stocked with supplies

Production Assistant - The Eyeslicer - 2018

  • Facilitated the filming process for the Halloween special of this Indie TV show.

Art Handler - The Cooper Union - 2018

  • Dissassembled, packed, and moved artworks for transport.

Tour Guide - The Cooper Union - 2017

  • Extolled the virtues of Cooper to prospective applicants.

Sales Associate - Cherry Picked Vintage Market - 2016

  • Sold antique items while assuring the customer's satisfaction.

Makerspace Intern - Moonlighter Lounge 2015

  • Oversaw daily operation of a laser cutter, CNC mill, and 3D printers.
  • Managed complex fabrication projects for clients.

Camp Assistant - Art Center South Florida 2014

  • Taught art to children through various activities in a classroom setting.


Press F for The Glove - The Glove - August 1, 2019

  • Became a Camry as part of a somewhat haunting video performance with vocals and theremin.

TRYOUTS 2 - Club 444 - July 23, 2019.

  • Intensive 20 minute video slideshow performance on the spectacle, commodities, and cuteness while playing a digital theremin.


Miscellaneous - Digital Creative

  • Graphic Design: over 8 years of training in all aspects, including branding, posters, books, and icons
  • Web Design: specializing in responsive, multiplatform front-end development
  • Photography: experienced in both film and digital, trained in studio lighting and advanced digital retouching
  • Videography: skilled in post-production editing and shoots for video installation and online viewing
  • Social Media: grew personal Instagram account to ~5,000 followers with 10% post engagement and story content generating over 35,000 weekly impressions

Programming - Languages

  • HTML, CSS, Javascript, Swift, Arduino

Programs - Adobe

  • After Effects, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, Photoshop, Premiere, XD

Programs - Other

  • 3D: Maya, Blender, Sculptris, Houdini, SketchUp
  • 2D: Capture One, Affinity Photo, Affinity Designer, Sketch, Keynote, Excel

Using Format