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Kit Warren
updated: 01/13/2014
website: www.kitwarren.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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Words I
Words I, DETAIL
Elective Affinities
Elective Affinities detail
Worlds Apart IV
Worlds Apart IV detail
Red River
Red River detail
Untitled 3
Untitled 3 detail
Hover
Double Happiness
Untitled
Worlds Apart V
Elective Affinities, variation
 
Portfolio Keywords:  landscape, mapping, meditative, nature, obsessive, organic, pattern, process, abstract, biomorphic
 
 
Words I by Kit Warren
Words I
Metallic pigment on paper
2013
50 " x  50 " 
Words I, DETAIL by Kit Warren
Words I, DETAIL
metallic pigment on paper
2013
50" x  50" 
Elective Affinities by Kit Warren
Elective Affinities
Acrylic and gouache on paper
2010
60" x  60" 
Elective Affinities detail by Kit Warren
Elective Affinities detail
Acrylic and gouache on paper
2010
60" x  60" 
Worlds Apart IV by Kit Warren
Worlds Apart IV
Acrylic and gouache on paper
2010
40" x  100" 
Worlds Apart IV detail by Kit Warren
Worlds Apart IV detail
Acrylic and gouache on paper
2010
40" x  100" 
Red River by Kit Warren
Red River
Acrylic and gouache on paper
2010
60" x  60" 
Red River detail by Kit Warren
Red River detail
Acrylic and gouache on paper
2010
60" x  60" 
Untitled 3 by Kit Warren
Untitled 3
Acrylic and gouache on paper
2010
25" x  60" 
Untitled 3 detail by Kit Warren
Untitled 3 detail
Acrylic and gouache on paper
2010
26" x  60" 
Hover by Kit Warren
Hover
Metallic acrylic on panel
2013
12" x  12" 
Double Happiness by Kit Warren
Double Happiness
Acrylic and gouache on paper
2012
86 " x  50 " 
Untitled  by Kit Warren
Untitled
Acrylic and gouache on paper
20012
29.5 " x  46 " 
Worlds Apart V by Kit Warren
Worlds Apart V
Acrylic and gouache on paper
2090
30" x  66" 
Elective Affinities, variation by Kit Warren
Elective Affinities, variation
Acrylic, metallic pigment on panel
2013
24" x  24" 

Artist Statement

From early botanical and scientific illustration to the invention of the electron microscope there have been unimaginable advances in how closely we can see.  My earlier paintings on wood explore scientific imagery: forms both animal and botanical; cells, healthy and stricken. Where the casual eye sees a drop of blood, the microscope reveals a highly patterned area of overlapping disks. Much in the way that millions of microscopic cells make up a drop of blood, random repetitions eventually coalesce into larger patterns.

 

My paintings are microcosms—worlds in miniature. Earlier pieces explore the landscape of the body in microscopic detail.  More recent work moves from behind the microscope and hovers far above the world.  Whether looking inside or out, at blood cells or land mass, my work examines the relationship between scale and pattern. Small patterns intimate the behavior of larger ones; repetition unifies.

 

My current work features reflective paint on paper. Because it interacts with light so explicitly, reflective paint gestures to the world beyond the painting as well as to the surface itself.

Although large, each of my paintings begins with a single stroke.  I add a second and third, and these strokes join with the first to form pattern.  That pattern in joins a second and third to create a new, larger image which gains significance in the empty blue space. These patterns merge in ways both intentional and accidental. I suggest theme and variation but can’t control the viewer’s tendency to light on new parts, grouping them in ways impossible to predict.

 

In my work, the individual object exists simultaneous to the secret, beautifully patterned, moving world not perceived by the naked eye. The physical world is both as it appears and is not, for below the surface of everything lies a teeming shimmer of pattern.

Artist Bio / CV

 

Education

MFA - School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

BFA - University of Pennsylvania, Phila. PA

Certificate Program in Interactive Multimedia – NYU, New York, NY

  Selected Exhibitions

2014   Upcoming  one person show bkbx@Proteus                        Gowanus, May 2014

2013   bkbx@Proteus Gowanus, "Random Sample" Bklyn,            NY

           Works and Days Quarterly, Summer Issue,                          http://www.works-and-days.com

2012    Long Island Childrens’ Museum, "Chaos and                       Containment"

            440 Gallery, “Small Works Show”, NY

            Go Brooklynart, open studios

2011    Purume Gallery, “Remarkable Marks”  New York,               NY

            Proteus Gowanus “Paradise” Brooklyn, NY

        CRG Gallery, Visual Aids, "Postcards from the     Edge", New York, NY

2010    AGAST - Annual Gowanus Artist studio tours

            Littlefield, “Serious Whimsey”, NY

            Art Bridge, In Plain Site, Chelsea, NY (year long                   outdoor installation)

 

            ZieherSmith Visual Aids, “Postcards from the Edge”

2009    AGAST - Annual Gowanus Artist studio tours

            Two Birds Gallery, two person show,  NY, NY

2008    AGAST - Annual Gowanus Artist studio tours

1998    “Civil Disturbances”  Public art installation -- project             of Repo History-- Street signs commemorating                     landmark public interest legal battles in NYC  

     

1988    Momenta Gallery, “The Strange Life of Objects”,                 Phila. PA

            Sabbeth Art Gallery, “Red Hearts and Flying                         Cupids”, Glen Cove, NY

            Cast Iron Works Annual, Phila. PA

            Momenta Gallery, Group Show, , Phila, PA.

1987    Cast Iron Works Annual, Phila, PA.

1986    Visual Arts Gallery “MFA Exhibition” New York, NY

        Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY,   Alan               D’Arcangelo, curator

            Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY, Sam Cady, curator

            Annual Juried Exhibition, Cheltenham Art Center,      Cheltenham, PA

 

 Artist In Residence/Awards

2011, 2013 Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst VA

2011  The Viewing Program, The Drawing Center, New York  NY

Publications

 Works & Days, Winter Issue, January 2013

New York Times, http://nyti.ms/QBLQCO, William Grimes, October 2012

New York Times, Art Review by Helen Harrison, March 1989

New York Newsday, Art Review; At the Heart of Art: Varieties of Valentines by Karin Lipson, March 1989