No Smoking Sign

Hi!

I made this no smoking sign for a good friend who’s got a gallery in which someone lit a cigarette once. Why would they do that? In a gallery? Why? That is clearly a bad idea. This sign will be good for other contexts too though. This sign that’s also a reduction linocut. Yay!

If you want one you can buy it through academic gallery, or from me directly.

I haven’t made a sign for a while and I’m excited to make some more. It’s really fun. I made some signs with woodcut for a show I had a couple of years ago… it feels good to continue that. This one’s got some lovely translucent ink, it kind of whispers and yells at once. I really like that stuff.

Fun! Art! Fun!

Take care of yourself out there in the world.

xoK

No Smoking Sign

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
   
   

Adventure Time…

Hi!

I’m getting on a cross country train tomorrow, headed for Portland, Oregon.

I’ll be there all summer and am coming back to New York to teach fall term. I am super excited to get a chance to do more art! I’ve got some great projects cooking that I just haven’t had time to work on.

It’s kind of like a residency. But with friends I have already known for many years.

I’ll go swimming and camping too, and update this as much as I can.

Here’s a picture of the sketchbook I made for the trip.

Yay adventure!!!!!!!

I’ll be in touch soon. You can follow my 3 day train trip from NYC to Portland on Instagram… katie.simpson.spain, you’ll find it.

Katie

New Sketch Book.

New sketchbook, fun!


PS http://feministlisafrank.tumblr.com/post/120709734213/quote-by-alice-walker

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

friendly

Hi,

I’ve been busy with travel and work so haven’t been posting here. Happy 2015!

I recently made some friendship bracelets out of plastic bags, and wanted to show you. Fun! I’ve got more in process too (and some newer ones made from different things, but that’s for a different time). Here are a couple I’m happy with for now…

And some pictures from my recent travels.

Have a great end of winter folks.

K

PS Look I updated my Nurture Art Registry page: http://nurtureart.org/registry/index.php?option=com_nurturedetails&view=nurturedetails&friend=2198

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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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