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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More new work.

Hi!!!

Here are some more things I’m working on… more to come as well of course.
Just trying to update you as much as I can before the hecticness of my last grad school term begins.

Though I am working with a team of CCNY people (at CCNY) this week to print an edition of etching and woodcuts for awesome artist Nicola Lopez! So I’m up at City anyhow (and not just working in my beautiful tarp covered studio), so it feels kind of like I’ve already started the term.

Well, I will post again before the week is through, as I’m nearly living at the school already, so will make some good stuff to show you ASAP!

Stay warm!
K

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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!

Scrap Exchange Collages!

Hi!

Recently I was part of the Brown Paper Bag Scrap Exchange. This was a really fun and cool project in which artists were paired by a curator and mailed scraps to each other. The results were really interesting, and there were a bunch of people involved.

I was paired with Scott Dickson, a Kansas artist who makes very gorgeous natural and geometric awesome collages (I am having a hard time describing them, so look at his website)! We sent each other envelopes full of scrappy paper stuff, and got to work. His collage from my scraps is so cool!

And here are my collages from his scraps! I did 2, one is painted in a method I used to use quite a lot – and it describes the life cycle of a wood frog (I’m not posting that one, really, look at the website). And one is a sculpture, which was totally fun to make! I added some of my own scraps to the mix for fun too (as you know I am very very scrappy). And I plan on making at least 2 more collages from the scrap batch he sent! There is so much potential in what others discard! And this man had some good leftover bits!

I wanted to let you know about this good stuff! Please check out the website with all of the pictures from this project! There were a bunch of great artists involved, and multiple rounds (I was in round 2).

Have a good day!

Love, Katie

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