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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New Studio! (& New Museum.)

Hello!

Well I’m all moved into my new studio!

I am in love with it. Yesterday I was there for 9 hours and feel like I got pretty settled. Today I was there for another few and I actually got to work on art! It feels really different, more calm, more light (vs heavy, as well as more direct morning sun), and honestly its more fun (so far i want to be there in my every waking moment, that’s a good sign). It’s also a better shape for me, it has nooks, which i LOVE and feels more magical somehow. The windows are so dreamy. I have 3! They open so I get breeze!

The new space is going to help me start my last year of grad school in a more kickass way, instead of being overwhelmed by moving across the country I am going to make so much true awesome work and intern in a revolutionary oldschool feminist gallery (more on that later) and learn about teaching. And I am going to win!

Today (before the bulk of the thunderstorm which is rattling my windows now) I went to the studio in the morning then down to the New Museum in the early afternoon to see Nathalie Djurberg‘s show – and also saw a group show called Ghosts in the Machine (arts relationship to technology w psychological/edelic surprises) and Carlos Motta‘s work, which were all also very good. That link stuff will help you see more, very worth it! Click!

I went to the museum with Gayla Martin and Shannon McBride, who are super awesome artists that go to school with me. We got to visit with Peter Fankhauser, who is a City College MFA alumni one of the best artists I have met. I am really lucky to be here now, I’ve been able to study with some phenomenal artists (as professors and peers). And I’m only halfway done! There’s more to come…

But for now here are some pictures of my new studio! I will update soon again, because you will notice my empty walls in these pictures – and they will be full of artwork very soon!

Love,
Katie

20120815-181001.jpgi found this cicada in the studio the day i moved in, so put it on the sill and away it flew.

20120815-181031.jpgthis was before i got organized. Hmm.

20120815-181052.jpglook at that dreamy light! and the windows! swoon! I wish I was there not at home procrastinating scrubbing the floors.

20120815-181128.jpgworkstations, with future work on paper and stop motion action planned.

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20120815-181232.jpgmore empty walls, with some mossy fun in the works. i have a nice plant station finally. i blame my mom for my wanting things to always be so organized. thank you sweet mom!

Seasonal Sale at Switchyard Studios!

Why hello there,

I wanted to let you know about the holiday sale coming up at my studio.

On thursday the 17th of December! From 5 to 9 pm!

That’s Switchyard Studios! 109 SE Salmon St, Portland, OR, 97214, on the first floor.

Come on over!

The sale will include many of the 37 artists who work at the stupendous studio, as well as food and music. We will be selling bargain art, new art, old art, materials, all sorts of crafty stuff, art and more art!

Hope to see you there!

Best,

Katie

You can see a few photos of the studio in one of my blogs about Portland Open Studios.

Beautiful photos of artists

I was just poking around on the smithsonain website and found this lovely collection of photos of artists – (from 1906 to 1975) often working. I am just putting the lady artists one on here – but there are many categories of art.
Check it out! There are some great pictures of people teaching art, making art, being people, etc.
http://siris-juleyphoto.si.edu/ipac20/ipac.jsp?session=1170H85Q0N262.203&menu=search&aspect=subtab31&npp=50&ipp=20&spp=20&profile=julallimg&ri=&term=&index=.GI&aspect=subtab31&term=portrait+artist+female+not+male&index=.SI&term=&index=.AI&x=7&y=10
Oh I am so lucky to be an artist!
I forget, especially when people don’t talk about me very much and I am not famous.
But I am lucky. I am part of something greater and bigger and more amazing than I know.
Look at these inspiring people and try not to feel like making stuff!
Very cool.