In the Project Room, the gallery presents an exhibition, titled “Working in the Lou” by Katharine Kuharic. Kuharic’s work is, in a word, alive. Birthed from “unsolicited images,” Kuharic manipulates and reconfigures images that our culture has been desensitized to, shocking the viewer and asking the audience to reconsider what they think they know. Taking stock pictures from junk mail, newspapers, magazines and other sources, Kuharic meticulously paints images to create reconfigured histories. Her works highlight investigations into American celebrity, pop and suburban culture, and personal identity politics. A fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by Kara Gordon accompanies the exhibit.
Katharine Kuharic was born in 1962 in South Bend, IN. She completed her BFA in Painting and Drawing at Carnegie Mellon University in 1984, and then moved to New York City where she studied with Louise Bourgeois and Robert Storr at the School of Visual Arts. Katharine’s work has been exhibited in numerous group shows in the US and abroad including Paris, Rome, Tokyo, Stockholm, London, and Amsterdam. She has had fourteen solo exhibitions, including seven at P.P.O.W. Gallery in New York, which represents her work. Most recently, her work has been exhibited in several museum shows: “Homestyle: A Survey of Works on Paper” at the South Bend Regional Museum in South Bend, IN, “Low Road” at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art Museum in Wilmington, DE, “ The World Brought Low,” a project at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, MO and “Super Bowl Sunday” at the St. Louis Art Museum in St. Louis, MO.
Katharine Kuharic’s work has been reviewed in Tema Celeste magazine, the Village Voice, the New York Times, the St. Louis Post Dispatch and Time Out magazine.
Articles on her work have appeared in Out magazine, Parkett magazine, and Arts magazine. Her work was a featured project for Bomb magazine. Katharine Kuharic has received grants from Vogelstein Foundation, the Penny McCall Foundation, Art Matters and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She was named the Milton and Sally Avery Fellow for 2003 and 2004 at the MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH, and a Rockefeller Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation Study and Conference Center in Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy. She is Professor of Art at the Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. Kuharic also holds the Kevin W. Kennedy Professorship of Art.