"Living With Them"
Katy Keefe's work focuses on the translation of lived experience through the rehashing of visual influence. For this exhibition, process is used to explore the lineage of her choices. Keefe’s work follows a cyclical model in which sources influence and build knowledge upon each other, naturally revealing that everything stems from its beginnings. Currently, her concern lies within how older means of artmaking arose from domestic needs and has taken this as a starting point to observe her surroundings and daily inclinations. Coupling that with an existing visual language, she then applies those principles to the processes of ceramics, weaving and quilting. Meanwhile, in this play, paintings become weavings, weavings become paintings and ceramic objects find influence from the paintings. Keefe’s interest in doing this is to confuse the “appropriate” uses of the medium in effort to experiment with their histories and the sentimentality/relic status each subject matter has attained. Her resulting products are reconfigurations that remark upon the ancient aesthetic and the contemporary function.
Looking to the objects that surround us, the work of Vanesa Zendejas deals with the reconstructed modernism we live with and that which is present in our common knowledge of art history. Sculptures and works on paper resonate between classical abstract forms and familiar furniture, arrangements and textures. The work also looks to the more obscure American geometric abstractionists and their direct influences, always keeping in mind our modernist lineage and how that effects us.
Katy Keefe currently resides in Kansas City after a long residence in Chicago. She received her BFA in Painting from the University of Puget Sound in 2004 and since then has shown throughout Chicago, the US and abroad. Katy is one of the organizers/curators of The Hills Esthetic Center here in Chicago and has attended Ox-bow Residency Program and Harold Arts Residency Program. More of her work can be found at www.katycowan.com.
Vanesa Zendejas lives and works in Chicago where she received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007 and is currently attending Bard College working toward an MFA in Sculpture. She has shown at/with Roots and Culture Contemporary Art Center, Columbia College, Old Gold Exhibitions and Events, LVL3, and Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago.