On New Year’s Day, January 1, 2018, Chinati Foundation artist in residence Kate Newby will host an open studio and exhibition, Swift little verbs pushing the big nouns around, at the Locker Plant on East Oak Street from 3:00 to 6:00 PM. On view will be work Newby has made during her stay in Marfa as well as a limited-edition publication created by the artist with contributions by Chris Kraus and Joe Sussi. Chinati invites everyone to stop by the Locker Plant.
Working with a variety of media including installation, textile, ceramics, casting, and glass, Kate Newby is committed to exploring and putting pressure on the limits and nature of sculpture. She is interested in not only space, volume, texture, and materials, but where and how sculpture happens. Varying in scale, her works are often fleeting in nature, as in the case of her ceramic skipping stones which she asks people to skip, while being photographed, on the street in a given city; or, in the gallery proper, in subtly but noticeably present architectural disruptions of the space itself. Newby’s work bears a strong link to not just the everyday but to the lived—it aims to experience as much as it generates experience, collecting and registering the traces of the passing world, which the work incorporates and is incorporated into. The handmade quality of Newby’s work is not merely romantic or retrograde but rather is the aesthetic byproduct of a position that embraces direct experience over the mediated.
Newby has been in residence at Chinati during November and December. A native of New Zealand, she currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. She has shown her work internationally, including solo exhibitions in Auckland; Brussels; London; Los Angeles; New York; Mexico City; and Toronto. In January–March 2017 she was an artist in residence at Artpace, San Antonio, TX, and concluded her residency with the exhibition Let me be the wind that pulls your hair. In 2018 she will participate in the 21st Biennale of Sydney, and undertake solo exhibitions at Michael Lett, Auckland; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; The Sunday Painter, London; and the Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen.
Chinati's educational and public programming is supported with generous grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Brown Foundation, the Hearst Foundations, the Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation, the Permian Basin Area Foundation, the Warren Skaaren Trust, the Cowles Charitable Trust, and the City of Marfa. Chinati is grateful for the generous financial support of our members and the support and in-kind contributions of the people of Marfa and far West Texas.