Kate MacDowell‘s handsculpted, porcelain creatures and plantlife look at both the vulnerability and power of the natural world. The artist says she choses “porcelain for its luminous and ghostly qualities as well as its strength and ability to show fine texture.” MacDowell is featured in the Hi-Fructose Collected 4 boxset.
Portland, Oregon-based artist Kate MacDowell (first featured in HF Vol. 15) will present a new series of ceramic sculptures at Miami’s Mindy Solomon Gallery on April 10. A reflection on the toll human activity has taken on the environment, her solo show “Completely Exposed” features porcelain sculptures of various species. “My newest work explores our physical and psychological relationships to the animal kingdom,” MacDowell writes. “Whether as proxy, trophy, raw material, or mythic symbol, animals currently occupy a space in our subconscious which layers history, fable, and an awareness of species fragility.” With species going extinct at alarming rates over the past 40 years, “Completely Exposed” is a timely and urgent rumination on the state of our planet.
For this year’s SCOPE NYC, Ogden, Utah-based gallery PATRAJDAS Contemporary will be showcasing the work of Kate MacDowell, Jaime Treadwell, Koh Sang Woo, Judy Csotsits, Simone Kestelman and Tm Gratokowski. Kate MacDowell‘s monochrome ceramic sculptures (featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 15) and Judy Csotsits‘ mandala-like mixed-media artworks will be displayed alongside Jaime Treadwell‘s color-saturated paintings and Koh Sang Woo‘s mystical photo illustrations. Take a look at our preview of the works after the jump and make sure to stop by Patrajdas’ booth at SCOPE now through March 10.
Last weekend Hi-Fructose fave Kate MacDowell debuted two new pieces at the London Art Fair. Showing with Bo.Lee Gallery (who also represent Seonna Hong, Nate Frizzell and Mercedes Helnwein), MacDowell’s two new works, ‘God of Change’ and ‘Only You Can Prevent’, continue on her naturalist and metamorphic themes. Get a look at the two new pieces here on Hi-Fructose.
Since we last saw sculptor Kate MacDowell back in Hi-Fructose Vol. 15, the artist, well regarded for her worldly travels, has been busy working on a couple exhibitions, all opening this month. With pieces now on view at Art London with bo-lee gallery, Showoff Paris with Galerie Vanessa Quang and the compelling-looking ‘Animal Instinct: Allegory, Allusion, and Anthropomorphism’ at the John Michael Koehler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. MacDowell recently sent us a first-look at a few of the pieces that will be on display throughout this month, view them here on Hi-Fructose.
Inspired by the John Foxx instrumental “A Beautiful Ghost,” the gallery Roq La Rue asked several artists “to do their take on the title theme.” The result is a group show currently running at the gallery through March 3, with work from Brian Despain, Rick Araluce, Nannette Cherry, Kai Carpenter, Travis Louie, Jeff Jacobson, Kate MacDowell, Peter Ferguson, and Bella Ormseth.