Exhibition: September 19–October 25, 2019
Lecture: Tuesday, September 17, 6:30–8pm, The Republic Auditorium, Columbus, IN
Reception: Thursday, September 19, 6–8pm, Miller M. Arch Gallery, Columbus, IN
The Indiana University J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program presents Kathleen Kucka Material Way a 20 Year Survey in the gallery at The Republic Building (333 2nd Street, Columbus, IN 47201).
Kathleen Kucka is an artist with a B.F.A. from Cooper Union in New York City and an M.F.A. from Hunter College. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Kucka’s work is in private and public collections including the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida; The Weatherspoon Art Museum; The Birmingham Museum of Art; and Borusan Contemporary Collection, Istanbul, Turkey; among others. Her work has been written about in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Art News, Gay City News, and Time Out, as well as other publications. Residencies include the Bemis Foundation in Omaha, Nebraska and the Vermont Studio Center. In 2015 Kucka’s work was included in the published book, New York Studio Conversations: Seventeen Women Talk about Art, by Stephanie Buhmann. She lives and works between New York City and Falls Village, CT.
“Over the past 20 years, my work has been an investigation of mark-making and abstraction. I primarily use surfaces like canvas and paper, on which I sew, burn, and pour; they are simple processes, often made using everyday tools like hot plates, irons, and charcoal lighters.
The familiar is expanded to abstraction and given weight through scale and repetition. Mark-making is one of the most basic elements of art, but through the formation of a series of similar gestures, each mark begins to carry its own meaning toward a collective whole. I am interested in exploring the consequences of making marks with burns, the act of balancing a force of destruction that is by its nature uncontrollable.”
The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am–5:00 pm.