Opening reception: Saturday, March 10, 5-7 p.m.
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For her first solo show at Galerie Lelong, the New York based painter Kate Shepherd occupies the project room with a new wall painting and a series of drawings.
The highlight of the installation is a painting applied directly to the wall of the gallery. Rendered through two different shades of white, the painting suggests light coming from an invisible window with delicate ironworks. The reverberation of light in the piece creates an ambiguous illusion. It suggests a radically different architectural reality, both poetic and mysterious. The method used removes the artist’s hand from the process. The image was designed and generated via computer and then screen-printed. This work marks an important departure for Kate Shepherd who is mostly known for her language of threadlike lines and richly colored geometric shapes.
The drawings displayed in the exhibition also illustrate her use of screen-printing and renew her investigation of interior space and minimal lines. Using the idea of pairs and sculpturality, she attaches a screen-printed panel to white paper and images are inscribed onto the paper via the transfer drawing process. The artist has likened the process to working in the dark and she enjoys playing with the sense of chance.
Kate Shepherd conceived the two series of drawings as a response to the wall painting. To the invisible presence of the window she opposes subtle drawings of doors. To the playfulness of the optical illusion and the round shapes of shadow, she opposes delicately colored abstracted shapes of animals and toys.
Born in 1961, Kate Shepherd’s paintings have been seen in various galleries and museums in Europe and the United States since 1996. They are identified for their original use of color, scale and a delicate yet descriptive painted line. The paintings’ titles sometimes make lighthearted references to architecture, gesture and portraits; however their gravity is reinforced by the austerity of the painting itself. In 1999, Kate Shepherd inaugurated the Lannan Foundation artist-in-residence program in Santa Fe. The residency was concluded by an exhibition, which traveled through 2001 to Otis Parsons, Los Angeles, and the Portland International Center for the Arts, Portland, Oregon.
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