Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Kelly Kaczynski

Kelly Kaczynski is a sculptor and installation artist. Her work, while existing in a temporal-spatial platform, is deeply materials based. She received an MFA from Bard College (‘03), NY and BA from The Evergreen State College (‘95), WA. Kaczynski has taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA (‘02-‘04), the University of Pennsylvania, PA (‘04), University of Illinois at Chicago, IL (‘04 – ’05) and University of Chicago, IL (‘06). She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University, IL.

Kaczynski puts it well when she says,
"My work uses the language of landscape and the built environment as a vehicle to consider relationships to people, both highly personal and ultimately social. The way we see and experience landscape is at once bodily honest and culturally constructed. We are able to physically experience distance, depth, height, matter, and atmosphere while at the same time frame these experiences with agents of knowledge, history and ideology. These framing devices thus become our vision of landscape - the image of desire - both meaningful and apathetic. My work places the viewer, and myself as the maker, in relation to this dialectic as both an objective observer and the subject to be viewed.

Central to my practice is the idea of the artist in the presence of canonical precedence. As I investigate frames of reference in landscape, I am using the language to construct social implications as much as ideas of individual agency within cultural practices. To this end, my work uses intertextuality to explore positions of the artist or maker as a social, political, and gendered agent."

(http://artistregistry.artadia.org/registry/view_artist.php?aid=199 and http://www.kellykaczynski.com)

‘Olympus Manger’, Scene II , 2008

wood, dry wall, rope and glue.

Service 25; Wild Garlic and Raspberries
black walnut, porcelain filler

The Distance of Our Ears, Might

black walnut, formica, gold chain


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