World Building closing dec 12

Hi!!!

My awesome group show is coming down soon. The closing party is on Friday the 12th of December!

Come to Academic to see the work if you can. I hope to see you there!

Best,
Katie

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Art Event in World Building (Sunday Nov 23rd 6-9 pm).

Hi!
The opening was great last night! I’m super sick so I was delirious, but it was the most dang fun! Im so proud to be part of this show!

There is an event on nov 23rd from 6-9 pm with all kinds of fun stuff! You should come, you’re invited! Among other things Melissa Walker will be trying old recipes, Andrea Coronil will facilitate the smashing of a piñata she made, and I will facilitate a zine workshop. I heard something about jump rope? Come on out!

Look under the press release below to see pictures of my work in the show!

Academic is pleased to present the group show World Building, which features artists Andrea Coronil, Sarah Goodchild Robb, Gayla Martin, Katie Simpson Spain and Melissa Walker. The title refers to the world that each of the artists build within their work, as well as the exhibition itself being a community building experience as it is the first hosted by Academic. Each artist was invited to make work in the gallery responding directly to the space.

Employing a highly symbolic language Andrea Coronil’s work uses snakes, insects and human figures in dance-like struggles to depict a highly personal relationship to birth/death cycles of renewal.  Her cartoon-like drawings on transparent surfaces cast shadows, problematizing the veracity of imagery and raising questions of subjectivity, narrative, and transformation. In her site specific installation, Sarah Goodchild Robb has paired selected photographs shot on film from an ongoing series depicting entry hallways in NYC apartments with a collection of handmade wood tiles. The tiles point to individual units used in the construction of spaces and the dialogue between each suggests an experiential encounter with architectural elements. Gayla Martin uses repetitive actions of threading and knotting to create a meditative state of mind while building her dense fiber works. White and Blues, Martin’s hanging sculptures, activate the gallery space like columns of thread, while her prints quietly reinterpret the activity of addition by carving away the printing plate to illustrate the paradoxical construction underlying each of the art making methods.

Katie Simpson Spain’s installation is based on different types of water. Enclosed within a frilly tent that resembles a waterfall or cave are detailed etchings that describe locations where the artist recently swam, a friendship bracelet made from recycled plastic bags, and a pillow stuffed with tear stained tissues rests on the ground. Melissa Walker’s work uses the domestic sphere to question and review heteronormative relationship roles as well as the emotional ties to quotidian objects. Her large scale collage reflects the anxiety and humor related to trying to follow a recipe, while the dining table overflows with fresh red rose petals and dried flowers adding a cloying smell to the gallery.


The opening will be held November 14th from 5pm – 9pm. There is a special night of artist run activities and performances on November 23rd from 6pm-9pm and there will be a closing reception on December 12th from 5pm-9pm.

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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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City’s Six Video!

Video

Hi!

Here is a video of the opening of City’s Six, at One Art Space, made by the awesome Bernard Lee.

Hope all is well with you!

I’ve got to pack my studio up… and move out.
Sad times.

But anyhow, it’ll be good in one way or another.

Take care!
Katie

recreation

For Immediate Release:

recreation

Katie Simpson Spain’s MFA thesis exhibition.

Presented by The City College of New York, CUNY

March 18-22, 10-5.

Reception Wednesday March 20th, 6-8:30 pm

Meet & Greet, March 21 5-6 pm.

Compton-Goethals Gallery

The City College of New York

Compton-Goethals Hall, Room 134

160 Convent Ave.

New York, NY 10031

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.

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 that 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 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.

Events during the show also include:

Camp Craft Time: Monday March 18th, 1 pm (friendship bracelet and drawing party)

Short Talk/Meet and Greet: Thursday March 21st, 5 pm

Please be in touch if you’d like to schedule a tour of the exhibition.

Visit this blog for details about exhibition programing and behind the scenes information about the work: http://www.katiespain.wordpress.com

Compton-Goethals is located on the Southeast corner of W 140th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.   

Subways: 1 @ 137th St and A, C, B, D @ 145th St.  

When visiting CCNY please go to Cohen Library Archives Gallery to see an ink and acrylic drawing of mine in CCNY Women Make Art, an exhibition showcasing women artists affiliated with the City College of New York, in conjunction with International Women’s Day. The Archives Gallery is on the 5th floor of Cohen Library, in the NAC Building (Amsterdam and 136, on the north campus, close to Compton-Goethals Hall). Here is a campus map.

Also don’t miss my upcoming installation at DUMBO’s 111 Front Street, part of an awesome April group show curated by Risa Shoup of Brooklyn’s Invisible Dog.
 
Take good care!
Best,
Katie Simpson Spain
 
For more information about CCNY’s MFA Thesis Shows visit: http://mfaccny.blogspot.com/
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Thesis Show Coming! (Recreation)

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.

Travel Directions:

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.

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Life Never Waits, in the Crown Heights Film Festival!

Hi!

The movie I made earlier this year, Life Never Waits, has been accepted to the Crown Heights Film Festival!

The film will show in Brooklyn, in Crown Heights.

November 4th it’ll be on the big screen, it’s a Sunday! At 2 pm come to FiveMyles, 558 St. John’s Place, Brooklyn (2, 3, 4, 5 to Franklin) and is part of the festival section for younger people (well, it’s got sculpture/puppets that look like toys and is not ‘adult themed’ so that’s cool with me dude…).

Here is a link to the film festival page: http://www.crownheightsfilms.org/festival.html

And here is a link to a post about it on the CCNY MFA blog! http://mfaccny.blogspot.com

If you can, come see it on the big screen!

Thanks for your support!

xok

A still from ‘life never waits’… want to see it huge and moving? Come to the Crown Heights Film Festival!