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

City’s Six at One Art Space opening this Thursday Aug 1, 6-9.

Hi!

Look at this super crappy copy of the video I’m showing at the group show I’m in which opens this thursday (the 1st of August) from 6 to 9:30 pm! City’s Six, at One Art Space (23 Warren Street, New York, New York).

Come downtown and see my work and hang out with me on thursday evening, please. Don’t worry, you will get to see the actual video at the show, and some woodblock prints I made using 2×4 boards! And a screenprint! Yay!!!

Hope to see you there!

Love,

Katie

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City’s Six at One Art Space. Reception August 1, 6-9pm

City’s Six

City College MFA Group Show

August 1 through 22nd, 2013

One Art Space Gallery
23 Warren Street (between Church and Broadway)

Opening Reception August 1, 6-9 pm.

One Art Space is pleased to present the 2013 City College MFA graduates in an exhibition that showcases their artwork publicly together for the first time. The exhibition is organized by curators Blake Ruehrwein and Stephanie Crawford, and by One Art Space Gallery.  

 
The artists included in the exhibition are: Sasha Cohen, Andrea Coronil, Gayla Martin, Shannon McBride, Katie Simpson Spain, and Alison White. The artists attended The City College of New York Studio Art MFA program, graduating in the spring of 2013. Each artist manipulates environment and media differently, but when combined together, their work creates a dialogue based on viewer interaction and exploration of environments.
Sasha Cohen, Gayla Martin and Alison White play with the idea of hanging and draping in unique ways to explore space. Cohen’s paintings become three dimensional objects with the inclusion of fabric and her manipulation of the surface, while Martin’s hanging thread sculptures act more like simple line drawings that portray an intimate attention to detail. White’s fabric sculptures create complex compositions that evoke a sense of beautiful, yet ordered chaos.
 
Shannon McBride, Katie Simpson Spain, and Andrea Coronil utilize space in order to invite the viewer to interact with their work. McBride creates sculptures that at first seem familiar, and later reveal themselves to be oddly unexpected. It is only with close inspection that the viewer is able to notice their distortions of reality. Simpson Spain, on the other hand, creates invitingly warm spaces that remind the viewer of past experiences: camping trips, Girl Scout troops, late nights, and explorations.  Coronil’s work creates iconic images, such as that of a boxer, and imbues them with personal meaning that is both transparent and layered.
Through exploration and interaction with the work, the artists hope to provide the viewer with a sense of playful inquisitiveness, a reminder of past experiences, and an intimate attention to detail.
 
The curators celebrate and admire each of the artists and their work. This exhibition is a launching pad for both the artists’ and the curators’ at this stage in their careers. The curators have graduated and are working on Masters in Art History at the City College of New York.

Visit One Art Space at: http://www.oneartspace.com/

Print that!

Heyyyy! How’re you?

This last term of grad school had been so crazy fun! A million things at a million miles an hour. A million! Yep.

Through all the other good stuff I’ve been working in a group printing an edition of fancy prints for awesome artist Nicola Lopez. Its part of a cool program at city college called City Editions led by masterprintmaker genius Megan Foster. Nicola Lopez has a fantastic show up at Pace Prints right now which you should see if you can! Wonderful prints that push the media in exciting directions. Look her up! The project I’ve been working on combines woodblocks, etching, collage and embossing, and will culminate in 2 prints, in editions. It’s been really fun and a great experience to learn how printshops produce editions with artists. A totally different methodology than just printing for oneself. But the efficiency I’ve honed through this certainly crosses over into the prints I am making in my own practice. Also I have made some really good friends! And will help more artists print because of this! So it’s like the best thing ever.

I’ve been really excited about printmaking lately! I got to TA a great relief (lino mostly) class for Carl Fudge who’s paintings and prints you need to look up! He and the class were wonderful! I loved working with those people, lots of great prints came out if that class and the smart students! Also I’ve been pulling 2×4 prints! What I mean by that is I carve and print 2×4 boards. I also have done large plywood, and am working on another board (the dimensions of which is around 1x12x40). I have to hand print them, so they take a while, and muscle, and its been awesome. I use the print shop at City when no one else is around and listen to loud music, it’s really fun!!!

In fact I just finished another 2×4 print today! This one is called ‘The roadtrip we’ll take’. It’s 4 layer combo of reduction and multiple block goodness.

Rad!

I am so tired and need to finish up one of the last assignments I will have in this school. I really want to go to the beach soon, so I need to finish up a bunch of things! Also graduating, ummm, yeah.

Oh my broccoli is ready! You take care alright!

Katie

the roadtrip

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M F A and open studio!

Ahhhh!

I turned my thesis in to my dean yesterday. I am going to wear the damn outfit and walk in my graduation because this is seriously it! No more school. I’m almost done. Weird!

On may 9th from 6 to 9, and in the 11th from noon to 6, 2 of ccnys art mfa programs are having open studios! And there is a rad photo show opening on the 9th! Come up to city college and check out all of the awesome art we are making here!

For details please check the city college studio mfa blog!
http://mfaccny.blogspot.com/2013/04/spring-open-studios.html?m=1

Come over! I will give you seltzer or pie or malt liqueur or rice crispy treats!

Send me off with a damn bang! Give me feedback, glitter, highfives, beer, checks, kombucha, hugs, rap or post punk albums & buy my art so I don’t have to burn it or send it into cold storage!

Ok I need to get to work in the studio now! Going to quilt some paper and work on a new/updated set for photos and animation!

See ya.
K

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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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