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Karen Ay

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Birthplace
California

Lives in
London

Works in
London

Website

Schools
University of the Arts, Central Saiint Martins, 2004, BA (hons) Fine Art

Tags
conceptual, digital, installation, mixed-media, Traces, mapping, map, identity, archive, Systems, place, Location

Statement & CV

Karen Ay's practice incorporates installation, assemblage, mixed media and text-based elements. Notions surrounding identity, nation-ness, human and cultural geography and sense of place are often themes in her work.

Karen studied at Central Saint Martins where she gained a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art in 2004. She lives and works in London and has exhibited in the UK and internationally. Her work is held in the Clerical Medical Investment Group corporate collection and with private collectors internationally.

exhibitions and projects

London Art Fair, London, 2013

Multiplied Art Fair, Christie’s, London, 2012

Alter, Vegas Gallery, London, 2012

Get Carta, Karin Janssen Project Space, London, 2012

The Other Art Fair, London, 2011


Sexy100!!, Wall to Wall, London, 2011


Invasive Alien Species, Venice, 2011


Art Car Boot Fair 2011, London, 2011

Big Deal 3, The Collective, London, 2010 


Rhizomatic, Departure Gallery, London, 2010


Family’, Susak Expo 2010, curated by Cedric Christie and Vanya Balogh; Susak, Croatia, 2010


Art Car Boot Fair, London, 2010


Miniscule, Oblong Gallery, London, 2010


Parade – Market of Ideas,The Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, Chelsea College of Art, London, 2010


Liminopia, in conjunction with TangentProjects, London, 2010


Co-curator, Travellers Box International, web based project, 2010

Something I Don’t Do, Flowers Kingsland Road, London, 2009


Big Deal – Botoxed 69, C22 Pop Up Shop, London, 2009


Meltdown, Flowers Kingsland Road, London, 2009


Art Car Boot Fete at The Big Chill Festival, Eastnor, 2009


Trash Vortex, Hackney Wicked Festival, London, 2009


Big Deal 2, Discovery Park, London, 2009


Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair, The Old Truman Brewery, London, 2009


V22 Presents: The Sculpture Show, The Biscuit Factory, London, 2009


Particles/Particles, Surface Gallery, Nottingham, 2009


Co-curator, Travellers Box International, web based project, 2009

Top100, PRS for Music, London, 2008


Bookmarks VI: Infiltrating the Library System, international, various venues, 2008


Art of Occupation, Working Rooms, London, 2008


Co-curator, The Sandwich Box Project, web based project, 2008

Co-founder, TangentProjects, London, 2007


Rich and Strange, Newport, Wales, 2007


Flock, DeviateProjects, London, 2007

Destination Area 10, Area 10 Project Space, London, 2007

Delicate Situations, web based project, London, 2007

Co-curator, Travellers Secret Box, web based project, 2005 – 2007

Mostra IX, Museum of Contemporary Art Union Fenosa (MACUF), A Coruña, Spain, 2006 


6x4 Loads!, The Lurking Hole, Nottingham, 2006


Post-it, The Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport, 2006


Publish and Be Damned Travelling Library Archive, Canal, London, 2006


Publish and Be Damned Independent Publishing Fair, London, 2006


Paperworld, Transition Gallery, London, 2006


Traveling Magazine Table, Iaspis, Stockholm, 2006


The Invisible Reading Room, Containers Village, Next Wave Festival, Melbourne, 2006


Eyelevel Re-shelving Initiative:2, Eye Level Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2006


Interlude Magazine Launch Event, Limehouse, London, 2006


‘The Club’ Independent Publishing Event in conjunction with Kiosk, ICA London, 2006


PrintROOM @ HOTEL MARIAKAPEL, Hoorn, Netherlands, 2005


Publish and Be Damned Travelling Library Archive (LOT/Bristol and Display/Prague), 2005


Publish and Be Damned Independent Publishing Fair, London, 2005


Independent Publishing Fair, Transition Gallery, London, 2005

In the Bag, Brixton Art Gallery, London, 2005


Studio Voltaire Artists Group Show, The Oval Theatre, London, 2005


A Fine Line, Euroart Gallery, London, 2004


Bread and Roses, Clapham, London, 2004


Look Again, Waterstone’s, London, 2002


Group show, Candid Arts, London, 2001

talks

Visiting tutor, Kent School of Architecture, Canterbury, 2010


‘Collaborations, collectives and everyone else: Hackney-based art and design groups’ Influx; Hackney Transient Art Projects with TangentProjects, London, 2009


Guest lecturer, ECCA, London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London, 2009


Panel member, Artivistic Conference, Montreal, Canada 2005
 


writing


tangent, an independent art zine, founder and editor, 2005 – ongoing; issue 13 published 2012

Runway Magazine, Issue 9, Sydney, Australia; 2007


riffRAG, Issue 2, New York, 2006


Gallery Reviews, Garageland Magazine, Issue 1, Transition Editions, London, 2006

education


BA (hons) Fine Art, University of the Arts (Central Saint Martins) 2004


HE Dip - Art and Design, New Art; University of the Arts (Chelsea) 2000


HE Dip - Art and Design, Painting and Drawing; University of the Arts (Chelsea) 1999

Recent Exhibits

Karen Ay participated in these exhibits:

Jan, 2013 The London Art Fair
London Art Fair
 
Oct, 2012 Multiplied 2012
Christie's South Kensington
 
Oct, 2012 Alter: An Exhibition of London’s Best Unrepresented Artists
Vegas Gallery
 
Jun, 2012 GET CARTA
Karin Janssen Project Space
 
Sep, 2011 Big Deal Sexy 100
Wall to Wall
 
Dec, 2010 Big Deal 3
The Collective
 
Click here to see all exhibits for Karen Ay

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