Kathy Curtis Cahill “Make Believe” at Keystone Art Space

Kathy Curtis Cahill “Make Believe” at Keystone Art Space

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Make Believe

Kathy Curtis Cahill
Solo Show

Opening reception
Sunday, January 22, 3-6pm
January 21- 31, 2017
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Keystone Gallery
338 S. Ave 16, Los Angeles, California
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Facebook event

(Los Angeles) – Keystone Art Space, recently named LA Weekly’s “Best All-In-One Art -Making Warehouse” hosts a gallery that regularly features exhibitions of Keystone artists. The next exhibition is January 21-31 and features Kathy Curtis Cahill’s first solo show with her new body of work “Make Believe”. Part photography and part installation, this new work deals with early childhood, once again using dolls as avatars for real children.

Cahill’s photographs of these dolls (children) at play makes us keenly aware of the innocence and joy that age holds as we struggle to make sense of the world around us. They assume guises and poses just like real children, dressed as superheroes and princesses, arranged in positions that don’t simply represent adult occupations or fantasy preoccupations, but enliven and embody them.

As Cahill says, “Play is a young child’s work and dressing up and pretending is a key component to this all important phase of childhood development. It teaches empathy and empowers them to deal with everyday issues in a safe way.” Cahill’s background in set decoration in the entertainment industry has given her the skills to tell a narrative non-verbally. Carefully composing the scenes using the everyday world as the background, she captures just the right moment in an otherwise mundane day. Her photographs make us believe in the life of these dolls, and in romantic notions of childhood.

About Kathy Curtis Cahill
After being educated as an art teacher, Kathy moved to Los Angeles and started working as a Set Decorator in the film and television. Her 30 year career included an Emmy nomination in 2001for her for on the CBS series “Judging Amy” After retiring in 2011, she now pursues photography full time. She has had 2 previous solo shows and her work has been seen around the country. She currently has photographs in Fotofoto Gallery’s 12th Annual National Photography Exhibition in Huntington Long Island, and Photowork 2017 at the Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie NY, and will be the featured artist in the spring edition of Art Quench magazine.

 

Author

Kristine Schomaker is a new media and performance artist, painter and art historian living and working at the Brewery artist complex in Los Angeles. For over 14 years she has been working with various interdisciplinary art forms including online virtual worlds to explore identity and the hybridization of digital media with the physical world. Whether virtual or physical, the object-based work Kristine creates combines elements of color-based gestural abstraction, animation, pattern and design, neo-Baroque and Populence. Using installation, text, photography, mixed media, video and performance for her ongoing conceptual project My Life as an Avatar, she visualizes a narrative/dialogue with her virtual persona, Gracie Kendal. Kristine then documents her experiences on her blog. In 2012, exploring ideas of community, Kristine turned a local gallery into a modern day creation of Gertrude Stein’s salon of the 1920’s with a live mixed-reality dinner party merging the physical world with the online virtual world. Over the summer she also performed The Bald and the Beautiful in which she had her head shaved as a statement to challenge society’s standards of beauty. Currently, Kristine is working as an Artist-in-Residence through the Linden Endowment for the Arts creating an immersive virtual environment which she is planning to bring into the physical world via sculpture/public art work.

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