The Pursuit of Self screening event with Cinema Cobra

The Pursuit of Self screening event with Cinema Cobra

Cinema COBRA presents
Pursuit of Self
Curated by Katie Hector

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Doors at 8pm, Screening at 8:30pm
at Honey’s, 93 Scott Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Is one’s ever changing identity a homogenized cocktail comprised of 50% nature, 50% nurture or is existence a product of fate wherein one follows preordained steps? The Pursuit of Self aims to highlight a selection of artists who explore body, gender, mythos, and cultural identities through the medium of video and performance. Each artists’ creation of characters, alter egos, and stereotypes exploit and allegorize the notion of personhood.The collection of perspectives will consider the ubiquitous pursuit of self.

Films by:
Yali Romagoza
Alison Pirie
Dominica Garcia
Mavi Philips
Jennifer Sullivan
Kawita Vatanajyankur

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Wellfed Podcast Interview

Wellfed Podcast Interview

Jon Sorrentino, founder of the Wellfed podcast series, visited my studio for a long chat about life after school, cultivating a creative practice, and the importance of community. Our conversation is now live on the site.  Take alisten here.

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Puppies and Flowers at the Royal: A New Artist-Run Space Explores Lustful Luxury and Mutating Community in Williamsburg

Puppies and Flowers at the Royal: A New Artist-Run Space Explores Lustful Luxury and Mutating Community in Williamsburg

Kristen Racaniello reviews the exhibition I curated, Puppies + Flowers for the Coastal Post, an online platform for contemporary arts. Read Kristen’s take on the show and her perspective on artist-run spaces.

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Puppies + Flowers @ The Royal

Puppies + Flowers @ The Royal

I curated the inaugural show, kicking off the programming at The Royal Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Puppies and Flowers

March 5th - March 31st, 2019

Opening reception Friday, March 8th, 7 - 9 PM

The Royal is pleased to present, Puppies and Flowers a group exhibition curated by Katie Hector which features the work of Jenn Dierdorf, Dominique Fung, Delphine Hennelly, Katarina Janeckova, Tess Michalik, Aliza Morell, and Mark Zubrovich. This collection of paintings reimagines historically "domestic" subjects in order to reveal a contemporary unvarnished reality.

Depictions of household pets and sumptuous flower arrangements conjure a sense of comfort, nostalgia, and serenity emblematic of a leisure class lifestyle. However, artists throughout the history of painting have utilized these seemingly docile subjects in order to address the complexities of human existence. For example in the hands of Frida Kahlo, René Magritte, Francisco Goya, Georgia O’Keeffe, Adriaen van Utrecht, and many others flowers and domesticated animals transformed into allegories which spoke to the atrocities of war, gender dynamics, socio-political climates, and the omnipresence of death.

In dialogue with this historical convention the artists included in Puppies and Flowers interpret the world around them through shared motifs. The work collectively deciphers elements of longing, sexuality, and gender as each artist imbues their subject with personal narratives and ambiguous symbolism. Projections of alternate realities take form as anthropomorphized canines coax feelings of desire, neon flowers glow within the void of a blacken canvas, and porcelain vases struggle to contain feral bouquets. The portrayal of puppies and flowers lend their subversive beauty to the exhibition and persuade the viewer to reconsider the thorny histories which have forged contemporary aesthetics.

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Caffiene

Caffiene

My painting FOMO Hot Trash, was featured in Caffeine, a salon-style group exhibition curated by Reuben Gordon and Zach Lawler

The opening reception is Friday, March 22nd from 7 - 11 pm at The Living Gallery located at 1094 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY.

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Interview podcast with Jon Sorrentino, founder of Wellfed

Interview podcast with Jon Sorrentino, founder of Wellfed

I recently hosted Jon Sorrentino in the studio for episode four of his interview-podcast series, Wellfed, which features the stories of creatives and cultural producers in and around NYC. Jon and I reflected upon life after graduation and what it takes to establish a practice and a community in the city.

Listen to the full interview and read the transcript on the Wellfed site.

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