HELLO ART LOVERS
"INTANGIBLES" exhibiting at Alpha Gallery 450 Harrison Ave suite 55, Boston, MA is my first solo show in the US since 2017. It runs the month of September with an opening reception on Friday September 8th 6-8. There is plenty of parking, galleries, and dining at the SoWa Art + Design District. Come say hello and make a night of it.
September 1 – 30. 2023
Kathy Kissik incorporates her own photography with found objects, collage and other materials to create works that challenge traditional notions of perception. Her works are dreamscapes, whether evoking romance in the form of abundant blankets of flowers or desire in the form of imaginary “factories” where Intangible (and sometimes elusive) notions of love, hope and peace can be made true.
Following on Kissik’s career-long interest in architectureand industry, her recent “factory” works play with the idea that anything can be manufactured, or mass-produced, including our deepest desires. In a similar spirit to Charles Sheeler(1883-1965) she uses her own photography as the basis for conceptualizing these castles of industry. Kissik refers to these factories and “secular fetishes,” drawing into question what it is we truly worship in our industrialized world.
Recently, Kissik has begun to investigate floral themes, stemming from her new found interest in still lifes and finding solace in nature. Of these works Kissik states “There are no shortcuts here. Time is the major ingredient. The photographic images are computer manipulated, printed, photocopied, made into translucent gel transfers, layered, painted, cut, varnished, and sanded. The surfaces of the canvas are skins, scarred and marked through the transfer of energy and emotions. They all have souls.” Kissik does not shy away from sentimentality or expressions of romantic longing. Rather, she embraces the joy and complexity of the pursuit.
Kathy Kissik received her BFA and Fifth Year Diploma fromthe School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University. Her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe, and is included in numerous collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Wellington Management, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and Progressive Corporation. Recent residencies include the Arcadia Artist Residency, Scottsdale, AZ ;the Banff Art Centre, Canada and the Slade School of Fine Art, London. She has received numerous grants including from the Stephen King Foundation and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.
Kissik has been represented by Alpha Gallery since 1993.
Special thanks to Erin E. Rand for her article in American Art Collector magazine about my upcoming show. Available online and in bookstores. https://www.americanartcollector.com/issues/215/feelings-factories
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