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A Billion: Katherine Gaudy’s MFA Thesis Opens Saturday, March 19th, at Big Orbit

March 14, 2016  by: Natalie Fleming

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Please join MFA student Katherine Gaudy for the opening reception of her thesis exhibition, A Billion, on Saturday, March 19th, from 8:00 – 11:00 PM at Big Orbit Project Space, 30D Essex Street, Buffalo, NY.  The exhibition will be on view until April 17, 2016.

Katharine’s work is centered on a conceptualization of process which captures a haphazard mode of misuse and experimentation. Simple and elemental gestures are treated with intense and careful attention to a humorous effect, a stumbling around and gradual entry into the refined. The conceptual aspects are manifested in narratives that appear in slight ways; titles that combine to create a single narrative poem, cues from societal parallels in material usage, images and objects that hint at particular lifestyles and world views.

For this exhibition, Gaudy’s inquiry reflects on the singular-plural potential of her artistic practice. For A Billion, her concern is in conveying, with multiple stopping points, how the artistic act and object enact a change in form and content within a set process. The jumping off point is at the edge of the earth, moving toward planetary representations, while maintaining focus on the fragility of human imagery, materiality, and actions. Katharine illustrated this metaphor with a trip to the beach in October with her Double-sided arrow vessel, If, or only if, the bi-conditional logic symbol used to express truth. This narrative illuminates the haphazard quality inherent in the sculptural components and performative actions, both of which are tied to process.

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