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I'm completing a prescient, 5-year body of work on entitlement & our nation's bully culture, to be shown at York College 1/24 - 3/24/18
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#bullyculture work on view across the country!

Posted by Kate Kretz (Creator)
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Hello Friends:

It has been a busy Summer: I was asked to be a contributor to the project "In Her Hands", an exhibition of artists' portraits of progressive female political candidates at Robert Mann Gallery in Chelsea. My subject was Pramila Jayapal, and my piece, "#realleader: no suit, no mic, no lobby lunch" (Pramila Jayapal), 2018 Cotton floss and gold embroidery on cotton 24 × 18 in; 61 × 45.7 cm, depicted Ms Jayapal being arrested at one of her many immigration protests. The show has been extended until Sep 8.

I am one of 26 finalists for the Raphael Founder's Prize, an annual award given to those who use found materials in their work. The exhibition opens Friday, Sept 14th, at the Society For Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, PA, and will be traveling for up to two years. This Summer, I completed a piece called "Rupture", made from the crowdsourced grey hair of people who have experienced extreme loss.

Rupture, 2018, crowdsourced grey hair from people who have experienced profound loss hand embroidered on cotton, acrylic, 33 x 23”
Rupture, 2018, crowdsourced grey hair from people who have experienced profound loss hand embroidered on cotton, acrylic, 33 x 23”
Rupture (detail), 2018, crowdsourced grey hair from people who have experienced profound loss hand embroidered on cotton, acrylic, 33 x 23”
Rupture (detail), 2018, crowdsourced grey hair from people who have experienced profound loss hand embroidered on cotton, acrylic, 33 x 23”

 A majority of the #bullyculture work (plus a new piece) will be on view at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC, (near Charleston) from Oct 22 -Nov 28, 2018. This solo exhibition will be entitled "#brute", and I will be giving a lecture in conjunction with the exhibition. Due to the prescience of this body work, and that fact that it is still ongoing, I am still urgently looking for additional venues to show it, and may have an announcement of a new venue soon. (If any brave curators/gallerists come to mind, please let me know!)

Several pieces from the Lie Hole series will be on exhibit during this year's election at Bridge Red Studios in Miami, from Nov 4, 2018 - Jan 6, 2019, in an exhibition curated by Jane Hart entitled, "The Eros Effect."

Another Lie Hole piece will be in the group exhibition, "Fahrenheit 213", curated by Dr. Tanya Augsburg, Prisicilla Otani, and Sawyer Rose, opening at Arc Gallery in San Francisco from April 13 - May 11, 2019.

Finally, I am excited to have a number of the new photos on aluminum, as well as a few previously unexhibited drawings, as part of the exhibition, "Textural Text", work by artists who incorporate text in their work to bring about social change and awareness. The exhibition is curated by Travis Childers and will open at WAS gallery in Bethesda, MD in October.

One of the most cathartic things I have done artistically these past two years is participating in an online artist series at Hyperallergic called "Drawing in A Time Of Fear and Lies." The series features work by contemporary artists responding to the Trump Era in both images and writing. My contributions sometimes use existing work, and sometimes call for a new drawing, but the combination of writing and image is a different way to think about speaking truth to power in a creative context that varies from the exhibition model, and it also led me to create some "merch" for my website in the form of posters, stickers, and prints on aluminum, a bonus way to buy supplies to continue making this challenging (but largely unsaleable) body of work.

The work continues, there are at least ten more pieces lined up to fill out this series, and, given the state of the world, I see no end in sight for my response to this insanity.

It has been a busy Summer, and one of the loose ends of this project is that I have not been able to get my York College artist talk online and exhibition walk-through video together yet. I thank you for your patience in this matter, and hope to have both together in the next few weeks. I thank you again from the bottom of my heart for your support of this difficult body of work!  xo Kate

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