Slingshot!

Heyyyy!

I drew a month in the pocket size 2016 slingshot planner. It just came out!

If you haven’t seen or used this planner I highly recommend it. You can find it at your local activist bookstore, it’s cheap. There are important historical dates listed on each day and a lot of fun art throughout. It comes in a ton of colors. I got brown with silver ink this year! I love it so much!

My month starts August 15. My drawings are about late summer. 

Here are a few pictures. You’ll have to get the planner to see my other 2 weeks!

Yay!!! 

Best, Katie
   
   

Back in nyc

hey!

I’m back in nyc, teaching again and getting back into the working too many jobs. Woo! Glad to be back!

I’ll post some adventure and printmaking pictures soon, but wanted to post a couple of new mixed media friendship bracelet sculptures to tide you over. As usual they are primarily recycled or reused materials of personal topical significance. Bad pictures, on an off white wall (eesh), but you get the gist of the direction they’re headed. Fun changes!

I hope you had a wonderful summer.

Best,

Katie

PS In the meantime my instagram account has way too many summer adventure pictures… you can look at that. It’s my whole name (well most of it). Same title as the blog.

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Two Lakes and a Waterfall. Broken, Mending

Printing and stuff

hi there!

So, as usual I’m printing in my time between jobs. I have too many jobs. But I get to print sometimes so it’s ok.

Here are some sweet shots of the drying rack last time I printed… Gimme a couple days and I’ll fill that thing back up again, fast!

Hope spring is treating you nicely wherever you are.

Best,

Katie
   
   

Constrained, this Friday!

For immediate release: 

CityLife is pleased to announceCONSTRAINED, a group exhibition curated by Shannon McBride, featuring the work of: 

Erica Bailey
Margaret Lee
Robert Levy
Gayla Martin
Shannon McBride
Marissa Molina
Katie Simpson Spain 
Melissa Walker

Please join us for the opening reception Friday, May 8, 6-10pm 
CityLife 125 1st Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302


On view from May 8 – 29, 2015 

DIRECTIONS FROM NYC: 
Take PATH train toward Journal Square. 
5-minute walk from Grove Street station.

CONSTRAINED presents eight emerging artists’ work within the context of the constraints that each artist faces in creating, displaying and supporting their creative work. Lack of space, time constraints, shortage of opportunities and financial limitations are just some of the many issues dealt with. The work on view acknowledges these obstacles, and the artists embrace them as part of their processes. Curated specifically for this unique venue, the curatorial concept also considers the contributing constraints of CityLife as an exhibition space. Primarily a community center and church, CityLife hosts events daily, as well as providing office space to a local business, and serves as an exhibition space and music venue. 

The choice of multi-disciplinary artists reflects the eclectic nature of this multi-purpose space, and its own blurred boundaries. Each of the artists in CONSTRAINED maintain diverse practices, employing some combination of installation art, animation, sculpture, printmaking, photography and more. Consequently, none of the artwork in this show falls neatly within the category of a straightforward, easily displayed drawing or painting. The boundaries between mediums are blurred, and limitations pushed.


For more information visit: www.shannonmcbride.com/constrained    

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Swap Meet at Academic

Hi yall,

I’m part of an exciting show called Swap Meet at Academic this month.

Come on out to Long Island City this Friday (April 17th, 2015) to see! Reception from 6-9 pm. Academic is located at 47-39 35th St, 2nd floor, LIC, Queens, NY, 11101

Here’s the press release…

Academic gallery is please to present Swap Meet, an experimental exhibition. Each participating artist brought work that was then randomly assigned to another artist to install and title. The result is an unexpected mixture of collaboration and detachment. Each artist giving away the intention of their work to another.

Featuring the work of:
Wonchun Che
Greg Martin
Henry McMahon
Angela Rosensweig
Stephen Sewell
Katie Simpson Spain
Melissa Walker

Endless Winter? 

hi!

It won’t stop being gross winter here in NYC. But at least I’ve got some art up. And am making more, of course. 

This month you can see one of my bottled shipwreck lino/woodcuts at a show called Working Artists, at Academic in LIC. I’ll post more about the show soon, the opening is coming up! I have a plastic bag friendship bracelet on view this month at City College of New Yorks Cohen Library Archive Gallery, as part of a show called Demystifying Feminism. One of my woodcut prints was just part of The Big Draw at Catalyst Gallery in Beacon, NY. And somebody just bought one of my watercolored drypoints at Postcards from the Edge, the awesome benefit for Visual AIDS, at Luhring Augustine here in NYC. I also recently had a couple of plastic bag friendship bracelets in the Grand Winter Salon at the Greenpoint Gallery. So all of that’s exciting.

Here are pictures of the colors and process of a new reduction lino. So excited! 

Have a safe dry warm fun day wherever you are friend!

Best,

Katie


Here’s a picture of me looking awkward talking about one of my sculptures at the CCNY demystifying feminism exhibition! So awkward! Haha! http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xjZfW5qxuxo/VQtVbdpWBQI/AAAAAAAARdo/H0sVo1LRdqM/s1600/IMG_4389.JPG

World Building

Hi!

I’m in a group show called World Building at Academic, a new art gallery in Long Island City, Queens. That’s 47-39 35th st, 2nd floor.

The show opens Friday November 14th and there’s a reception you should check out from 5-9 pm. The show is open until December 12th. There’s an exciting event on the 28th at which I will lead a zine thingie that’ll result in a zine that you’ll be able to take with you to commemorate the evening.

Here are a couple of pictures of what I’m putting in the show. It’s a darned lil installation! Woo! Everything has to do with water… My relationship to water and the sort of things people might do regarding water. There are prints and a friendship bracelet made from grocery bags and a tarp enclosure and a little pillow full of tears.

The show is going to be amazing! 4 other artists will have work on view too. We all build worlds with our work. Hours are available by appointment, especially all day Saturday! Come see!

💘 k

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Priiiiinting!!!!!

Hey!

Dude I am so excited about woodblock printing! Ahhh! Printmaking is the best!

I had a great day today hand printing little 4 color reduction woodcuts, using a chunk of 2×4 driftwood I found on a beach in Capitola, California. And I started cutting and wirebrushing another 2×4 for a new bigger (long) print.

I took some pictures so I could explain part of my process to one of my best most awesome friends ever so I figured I would put them up here too!

I love hand printing! You could do all of this stuff at home! No press necessary! Yessssss! Studio space is nice though… and pins and tabs (or a hole punch, and a registration block thing. That stuff helps.) But especially if yr working small you don’t really need any of it. Just patience, perseverance, ink, paper, tape, a good spoon, a brayer and something to print. Yay art for everybody!

This print is up in city colleges Cohen Gallery Archives – as part of CCNY Women Make Art, until April 4th. I’ll post the show flier too!

Printing foreverrrrrrr!!!

xoK

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2014 is going to be great!

Wow, it’s 2014!

We made it!!!

How did you celebrate the turning of the Gregorian calendar?

We are at the bottom of the darkness too, with solstice well through! Don’t forget to eat a lot of oranges to bring sun into your life!
It’s coming back! It’s on it’s way!

I started my year by beginning my resolutions early, on New Year’s Eve, and drew, wrote, went to the park (in snow flurries), exercised, meditated and ate good food. New York New Years is crazy downtown so I stayed up in beautiful Harlem. I’d traveled to see my family for a couple short days (i hope to go back for longer this summer and see more people and places, dang time and it’s fleeting nature) and came back on the morning of new years eve. Coming back to the city was weird (I left my heart near San Francisco, as they say), but my New Year’s Eve was grounding and great.

New Year’s Day was all sleep and brunch, babysitting, drawing, and hanging out – a good year so far.

I hope your new year is everything you want it to be! I hope it’s epic and adventurous! I hope it’s fun and productive! I hope you get stronger and more in touch with your goals so you can accomplish them! I hope you work hard and play hard and live your life to its best and most awesome potential. Lets rock this thing! This is going to be a great year.

XOK

PS Come take a class with me, I’m teaching Linoleum/Woodcut Printmaking at the City College of New York this coming term. Thursday mornings come learn how to block print like a champ! It’s going to be hella for real fun, and the best thing ever!

PSS Here are a few adventure pictures! Life is good. Let’s make some art now! And go outside! Yay! Ok!

PSSS Have you heard the new Angel Haze album? I can not stop listening to it! And did you see Jean Grae’s online tv show? So cool!!! Dang.

PSSSS The rad artist I work for is having a show soon, more info to come! April, Chelsea, be there!

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