Kathryn Hart: What Pulses Beneath the Skin

Kathryn Hart: What Pulses Beneath the Skin

Kathryn Hart recently had work showing in Trappings at LAAA/Gallery 825 and will be in Huddle 2 at Shoebox Projects opening March 17. Kathryn is looking forward to a trip to New York in May where she will be showing at A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn and in a solo show at School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. Kathryn was recently written up in Diversions LA.

Thin Skinned by Kathryn Hart
Thin Skinned by Kathryn Hart

Artist Statement
I am a multi-disciplinary artist whose art reflects the human condition — all of its crags, crevices, revelations and secrets — and a belief in an endless ability to rise from the ashes. Mixed media artworks are rooted in personal history and plumb the depths of an inner darkness and an inner light. In essence, the work is about life, death, and hope.

Current artwork delves into identity and the lasting core which survives the white noise from society, family and personal experience. Newest are multi-part, ‘flexible,’ hanging sculptures using wire, mixed media, and found objects. These invite curatorial creative input into the presentation through lighting direction and movement, and component inclusion and movement to offer a continually varied viewer experience. The perpetual dance of the shadow and conscious selves is illuminated.

Other pieces are physically palpable and bridge the genres of sculpture, painting and assemblage. Dozens of layers yield surfaces rich with archeology, reflecting the complexities of human existence. Creations become ‘entities.’ Forms extend beyond support boundaries, jut outward and encroach the viewer’s space. Uncensored raw materials are chosen for their symbolic and physical presence. Being raised by scientists and surgeons, and a career in organ and tissue transplantation research, ingrained a fascination with physical and psychological intricacies. The detail and the whole are equally important. Observing my father during his plastic surgery procedures etched suturing, cutting and tearing into my repertoire. Yet, my aim is reveal the underbelly, not veil it.

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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