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Generations: Works on Paper by Kate Dodd
May 30 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
For Immediate Release – May 2019
Generations: Works on Paper
Thursday, May 30th, 6:00-9:00 pm
May 30 – August 23, 2019
The Gallery at Hillside Square is thrilled to announce the opening of Kate Dodd’s generations: Works on paper.
Kate Dodd is a site-specific installation artist who has created both temporary and permanent works, locally and nationally, including commissions by NJ Transit at five different train stations. She was trained as a sculptor, attending Pratt and then Columbia, and has been working and living in New Jersey since 1983.
Kate Dodd explains; “My two dimensional work has always focused on constructing rather than recording, images. The work here spans fifteen years but the focus on building pieces out of multiples, existing images, and pattern has persisted thoughout that time. Some of the artwork incorporates cutting, a way of negotiating back and forth between two and three dimensions, or more conceptually, navigating between illusion and physicality. More recently, I have considered the planar surface as a space to navigate across.”
The composite photographs evolved out of attempts to depict Dodd’s site-specific installations from multiple points of view in one image. They reflect a pre-digital era in photography, when inexpensive reprints in quantity were common. The ability to create new forms out of existing architecture by manipulating a variety of perspectives delighted Kate. The majority of these works grew out of a trip to Las Vegas in 2002, with the exception of Inescapable, a response to 9/11.
The Denim Series collages stem from a fine old volume of the Grammar of Ornament by Owen Jones published in 1856. The illustrations of ancient art forms seen through the eyes of a colonizing history, as well as the chromolithographic printing, made these pages seem more like curatorial artifacts than images. Placing these jewel-like swatches on faux denim felt like studying them in relation to current American cultural territory. “As I cut into the collages to further reveal their objecthood, I considered questions concerning cultural appropriation, mulling over how to give voice to the conflicts inherent in that debate. At the same time, I began working with Islamic tile patterns after a trip to Morocco in 2014.”, states Kate.
The most recent series of watercolors, based originally on these tiles, is a search for new compositions generated by patterns. Kate begins each piece by asking, “What images does this system contain that I can reveal by imposing a combination of logic and intuition?” The results produce forms that range from cartographic to organic to whimsical. Because this approach is exploratory, Kate has limited the color palette so that the color serves the structure rather than vice versa.
Hillside Square is located at 8 Hillside Avenue, Montclair, NJ. Originally the First Church of Christ, Scientist church, the property was converted into a Silver LEED certified professional office building and provides space for a community art gallery. Hillside Square is the recipient of the 2013 NJ Smart Growth Award for Creative Adaptive Re-Use, the 2012 Downtown NJ Excellence Gold Award for Built Projects, and the Montclair Historic Preservation Award for Excellence in Adaptive Re-Use.
The Gallery at Hillside Square is open Monday through Friday, 7:00 am – 7:00 pm. For sales inquiries contact Kate Dodd; 201-424-8512, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit katedodd.com.