I can’t believe how soon my show is!
3 weeks and counting.
Of course I’ve been working as hard as i can, so you know I’ve got to get back to the studio ASAP!
Katie Simpson Spain :: Statement :: 2013, February
This work is a reexamination of organized outdoor activities, exploring relationships people have with the natural environment. I am interested in the thin membranes of safety which lie between the natural world and organized modern life. Often humorous and culminating in installation or video, this work combines recycled materials, fabrics, live plants, painting, sculpture and printmaking. I often re-create biological environments and the tools associated with them, like giant friendship bracelets or camping tools without function. These awkward works nudge at nostalgia of time spent in nature.
March 18th to 22nd. Reception Wednesday March 20th from 5 to 8 pm.
Working title: Recreation.
With a focus on different ways humanity navigates in and works with nature, this interactive installation combines recycled materials, fabrics, live plants, painting, sculpture and printmaking to create a strange situation involving outdoor activities. You are invited to experience this version of nature, recreations of natural environments and recreational activities, from the safety of Compton-Goethals Gallery.
You can take either the 1 train, or the A,B,C, or D. The 1 has a stop at 137 (which says City College on it), and you just walk east (the stop is on broadway), walk through a little park right away, then keep going to Amsterdam Ave, and up to Compton-Goethals Hall between 139th and 140th. The A train is really fast, and the 145th stop is great, and if you take a train on that line head west once you get out of the train. The stop lets you out at St. Nicholas and 145th, so walk uphill toward Convent Ave, and west on that street (turn left onto Convent, it’s beautiful) until you get down to the campus at 140th, the first building on the right once you go through that metal gate thing is Compton-Goethals but you have to go up some stairs to get to the entrance because there is another building sort of stuck in the corner of it (weird, you’ll see) which is not the right one.
My thesis show is coming in a month and a half! So I’m testing things in the gallery after hours… seeing how some things look in there. Well I only did it once with actual art but I have been in there spying with a measuring tape kind of a lot, so that’s a fun thing. Shhh theres a show up, but mostly it uses the walls and mostly i won’t be so i’m not disturbing the work. I have about a million things to do before the show. So much work to do!
So, I’ve been in the studio 8 to 15 hours a day… except when I’m in class or asleep or whatever. Yay!!! Coffee!!!
Here are examples for your eyes! No guarantee these will be there when you come to see my show which opens march 18th, closes on the 22nd, with a reception on wednesday march 20th from 5 to 9.
More updates coming!