SETAREH is pleased to present Meet the Artist, an online series where you will get to know young talented artists and their work. An insight to their practice, connection to art and what inspires them. In this episode we present Kate Andrews.
Kate Andrews' sensitive images shift between concrete and ephemeral. Overlapping, merging and seemingly abraded colour fields meet sharp accentuating markings; dividing frames encounter fragmented structures. In addition to reminiscences of architecture and references to digital imagery, her nuanced paintings and drawings primarily convey moods and exceptional colour impressions. Again and again, allusive forms emerge, but without acquiring a fixed meaning. The painting »hoverbeam«, for example, could be derived from an architectural situation, perhaps from a window. But it remains a fleeting, unredeeming suggestion. The painting can be interpreted as an abstract pictorial space or as a gaze directed upward. This open and sometimes temporary character is an essential aspect of many works by the young Canadian artist.
The artist uses a wide variety of processes in her artistic practice, such as painting, drawing and collage. This usually results in small-format, multifaceted works, which have recently been supplemented by larger formats. In addition, Andrews explores sculptural arrangements with which she carefully extends her work into the surrounding space. The materiality and tactility that is significant in all of her works comes to the forefront in a particular way. Clear lines that reveal the canvas often define her paintings. They delimit, frame, and permeate almost monochrome colour spaces. Some of these have vibrant cloud-like textures with painterly and graphic accents. Others are calm and homogeneous in nature. Symmetrical structures, formal repetitions and doublings are arranged by Kate Andrews in such a way that slight variations and deviations enliven the pictorial space and allow the eye to wander over the surface with a restless joy. Calm and dynamic elements are deliberately juxtaposed.
Kate Andrews (b. 1992 in Toronto, Canada) studied at Concordia University and at the University of Guelph in Canada. From 2016 to 2020 she attended the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen and graduated as a 'Meisterschülerin' of Stephan Baumkötter. She had her last solo show at Westfälischer Kunstverein in Münster, until April, 2021. This year she participated in the exhibition Shunted Sculptures Fleeting Words at the Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst in Bremen and in 'nuances' together with Daniel Schubert at SETAREH X.
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