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

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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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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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Chipping away.

Hey there.
I am just chipping away at this thesis show, one thing at a time. Yes.
So here are some new in process pictures!
Yay! K

PS Looking forward to ‘recreation’, march 18-22 @ Compton-Goethals Gallery on w 140th & Amsterdam, nyc. Reception weds mar 20th, 5-8. Thesis!

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work (art)

Hi!

So recently a new friend asked me about my work… i directed her to my blog, but as you can see my artwork is all mixed up with other stuff on here.

Good point, rad lady!

Fortunately I just took some decent pictures of some of my work, to apply for something, so I have newish pictures handy. Here are examples of what I’ve been doing lately. These are mostly pieces that fit together into an installation.

Since I am in the midst of this thing I don’t really have great pictures to show how they fit together. There will be a book also. And a video. Also I have a killer headache so I am not very organized today. So, without further pause, here is some of what i’ve been making. I had some trouble with the technology here – but the headache makes me just want to post and fix it later – so I will.

Here also is a cruddy image script with only titles, might make it easier: 1 – m friendship bracelet; 2 – rope friendship bracelet; 3 – stones; 4 – flashlight; 5 – marshmallow; 6 – smoke/moon patch; 7 – tent ghosts; 8 – ghosts; 9 – flashlight beam; 10 – tarp tent.

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MFA Open Studios at City College of New York (11/29, 5-9 pm)

Hi!

Wow! Open Studios at CCNY is this week, on Thursday evening! That’s so soon! And so exciting! Come see what I’ve been up to lately!

Come to Hamilton Heights from 5 to 9 this Thursday – November 29th! The studios will be open in Compton-Goethals Hall (2nd floor, that’s where my studio is), and Shepard Hall (4th floor)! Come up to CCNY, at W 140th and Amsterdam, on either the 1 (to 137th, then walk east a little to Amsterdam) or a, b, c, or d trains (to 145th, then walk west on 145th, you can walk down Convent and past so many beautiful old homes, or just walk down Amsterdam to 140th).

More info at http://mfaccny.blogspot.com!

Hope to see you there!!!

Best,
Katie

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Nondairy pumpkin pie!

Hi!

You want to know about making nondairy pumpkin pie? Do I have a story for you!

Today I finally cooked a beautiful little pie pumpkin which I got in Brooklyn (for $1.50!) just before Halloween. It’s been sitting around up here in Harlem, looking festive for long enough!

I baked it in my oven at like 350 for maybe 45 minutes (halved face down on a baking pan with foil over it). I scooped so many seeds out (and cleaned them and let them dry) so i cooked those too, with salt and olive oil, on a baking pan for 20 minutes, stirring them every 5.

You might just have a can of pumpkin – which is awesome and delicious! Put that in a bowl, if you are making pie!

When my little pumpkin was cool enough I just popped the skin right off! And mixed that sweet thing with half a can of coconut milk and at least a tablespoon of cinnamon, a teaspoon of powdered ginger, maybe 3/4 cup of brown sugar, a tablespoon of maple syrup, and a little salt. I added 2 eggs. If you’re egg free you could reduce the coconut milk a little or use a 1/2 cup of silken tofu (blended), soaked and blended cashews, or some egg replacer from a box. Also I bought a pie crust from the closest grocery store, Compare, because I am lazy today and am on a planned homework strike. Usually the generic pie crusts are nondairy, though I got Mrs. Smiths, since that was the nondairy version they had. If you are super cool you could make your own pie crust. Mix almond meal and a little coconut oil then press that into your pie tin, this lacks gluten. Whatevs! There are probably youtube tutorials about all of this and if you are specifically looking for some substitution you should check that out.

So anyways I baked that pie at 350 for an hour! No problem! It is so pretty! I put some foil around the bottom and tucked it over the crust sides until like 10 min before I was done, you could do that if you want a good (not so burnt) crust result.

That’s a nondairy pumpkin pie recipe for you, in story format!

Hope you are having a great day!!!

Love, katie

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