b. 1979, New Zealand

Kate Newby Biography

A standard list of materials for a Kate Newby work might include anything from lip balm, coffee stains and wooden decking to mulberries, hand-written notes and stoneware. Deeply concerned with the intricate textures of the everyday, Newby is an artist who works across a wide range of media including textiles, ceramics, casting and glass. Whatever the medium, there is always an emphasis on the handmade as a way of communicating lived experience through objects furnished with the evidence of their making. That her work tends to be site-specific—made in response to a given location and to the people and events witnessed there—similarly demonstrates Newby's desire to privilege direct experience above mediation within her work. As such, certain idiosyncrasies of each site—the light, the atmosphere, a suntrap window, a line of nails embedded in a floor—will often become integral to the work, causing an installation to be necessarily altered if and when it is re-installed in a new context.

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Born in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1979, Newby studied at the University of Auckland's Elam School of Fine Arts, graduating with a Doctor of Fine Arts in 2015. Three years prior to completing her doctorate, she had already won the most prestigious art award in Aotearoa—the Walters Prize, judged that year by Mami Kataoka, chief curator of the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan. The work that won her the prize, Crawl out your window (2010), is Newby at her casual, poetic best: a blue-washed concrete ramp crawls out into the gallery, encrusted with silver pull-tabs, gum and stones; a soiled curtain divides the space, filtering the sunlight. Kataoka described the work as 'the most reserved but radical way of transcending the fixed architectural space for contemporary art', and it is this careful combination of transcendence and banality that has come to characterise her practice.

Since winning the prize in 2012, Newby has had a busy international exhibition slate, including solo exhibitions such as Maybe I won't go to sleep at all. in 2013 at La Loge, Brussels; Two aspirins a vitamin C tablet and some baking soda at Laurel Doody, Los Angeles in 2015; and Let me be the wind that pulls your hair at Artpace in San Antonio, Texas, in 2017. She has also undertaken numerous residencies, including the highly sought-after Fogo Island Arts residency (2013), Newfoundland, and the Chinati Foundation residency in Marfa (2017).

Lucinda Bennett | Ocula | 2018

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But still LOVE this by Kate Newby contemporary artwork painting
Kate Newby But still LOVE this, 2020 Porcelain, silk thread, handmade wool rope, bronze wall brackets. 10 pieces ranging in height from 105–165mm, installed width of hanging elements approximately 300mm
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You can hold two things at once by Kate Newby contemporary artwork sculpture
Kate Newby You can hold two things at once, 2023 Stoneware, porcelain, glaze, 3 pieces
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UGH MAGIC by Kate Newby contemporary artwork sculpture
Kate Newby UGH MAGIC, 2020 Wood and gas high-fired stoneware, porcelain, mason stain, and glaze. Installation dimensions variable. 24 pieces
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Just be prepared (Backyard birds, Southtown) by Kate Newby contemporary artwork print
Kate Newby Just be prepared (Backyard birds, Southtown), 2017 soft ground etching printed as relief
65.5 x 68.5 cm
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I'm actually weirdly exciting by Kate Newby contemporary artwork installation
Kate Newby I'm actually weirdly exciting, 2018 Bronze, white brass, brass, silver, wire, PVC coated wire, dimensions variable
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Between Flavin and the Horn by Kate Newby contemporary artwork print
Kate Newby Between Flavin and the Horn, 2018 soft ground etching
66.5 x 54 cm
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