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katina huston
updated: 01/25/2012
website: www.katinahuston.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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art-medium
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The Grave
The Grave (detail 1)
The Body
The Body (detail 1)
The Body (detail 2)
Baroque
Where the Bodies are Buried
Sets of Eight
Boil
Pleat
Saxaphone Cityscape with Gold
Untitled (First Skeleton)
Swail
Twister
New Dynamo
 
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The Grave by katina huston
The Grave
ink on mylar
2012
50 " x  90 " 
The Grave (detail 1) by katina huston
The Grave (detail 1)
ink on mylar
2012
50 " x  90 " 
The Body by katina huston
The Body
ink on mylar
2012
84 " x  42 " 
The Body (detail 1) by katina huston
The Body (detail 1)
ink on mylar
2012
84 " x  42 " 
The Body (detail 2) by katina huston
The Body (detail 2)
ink on mylar
2012
84 " x  42 " 
Baroque by katina huston
Baroque
ink on mylar
2012
84 " x  42 " 
Where the Bodies are Buried by katina huston
Where the Bodies are Buried
ink on mylar
2011
46 " x  42 " 
Sets of Eight  by katina huston
Sets of Eight
ink on mylar with graffitti pen
2011
84 " x  46 " 
Boil by katina huston
Boil
ink on mylar
2011
72 " x  36 " 
Pleat by katina huston
Pleat
ink on mylar
2011
42 " x  46 " 
Saxaphone Cityscape with Gold by katina huston
Saxaphone Cityscape with Gold
ink on mylar
2011
36 " x  72 " 
Untitled (First Skeleton) by katina huston
Untitled (First Skeleton)
ink on mylar
2011
46 " x  42 " 
Swail by katina huston
Swail
ink on mylar
2011
46 " x  72 " 
Twister by katina huston
Twister
ink on mylar
2011
36 " x  72 " 
New Dynamo by katina huston
New Dynamo
Ink on Mylar
2011
46" x  42" 

Artist Statement

I wanted to make shadow sculptures at first; flat rubbery forms that I could peel up from the ground and slap on a wall all sticky and abstract. I could make lots of them and pile car shadows up like so many 14 foot pancakes. Shadows seemed like the perfect byproducts of life; vital and mundane. I set out to capture them but like most art, it didn't turn out as expected.

It began with a few drawings. I'd find a shadow and set the plastic underneath and draw what I saw. What I saw was a whole new world, utterly familiar, utterly unrecognizable. Ordinary objects cast shadows like space debris. How can a thing be both 'what the hell?' and 'oh sure.' I was taken. So I spent eight years developing techniques and tools. The drawings are on mylar because, on a transparency, light breathes through the drawing.

After a while the shadows stopped looking like blobs and I started to notice the range of forms from sharp to diffuse and so had to mix inks to catch that range from solid black to areas so light you can't quite see them, only feel them there. The materials took on a life of their own, contour lines dried quickly and as I filled these, the lines served as channels, holding pools of ink that flowed through the drawings. The pools bubbled and dried leaving marks like geologic forms from evaporated lakes.

I am increasingly driven by a concept of personal archaeologies in which finding lost things, narratives and ideas, and piecing them together to build understanding fails to yield satisfying meaning but is a compelling document of the effort.

Artist Bio / CV

Education

1996 M.F.A. Mills College, Oakland, CA
Fine Arts Practice
1984 B.A. New York University W.S.U. C.
History of Fine Art, computer science

 

Representation

Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco

Chase Young Gallery, Boston, MA

Edition Vulfovitch, lithograph editions, Stockholm, Sweden

Bryan Ohno Gallery, Seattle, Washington  gallery closed 2004

Flatfile Contemporary, Chicago,IL                gallery closed 2005

Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA      gallery closed 2002

 

 

Solo Exhibitions
2011 Big Noise
Dolby Chadwick Gallery
San Francisco 2010 Shadow Drawings, Katina Huston
Chase Young Gallery
Boston 2008 Katina Huston
Anne Reed Gallery
Ketchum, ID 2008 Mechanical Repeat
Davidson Contemporary
Seattle, WA 2008 Field of Vision
Dolby Chadwick Gallery
San Francisco, CA 2006 Cyclone
Dolby Chadwick Gallery
San Francisco, CA 2005 Shadow Series
Bryan Ohno Gallery
Seattle, WA 2004 Tre Donne
Flatfile Galleries
Chicago, IL 2002 "Katina Huston"
Art Resources Group
Santa Monica, CA 2002 Politically Incorrect
Flatfile Galleries
Chicago, IL
Group Exhibitions
2011 Small Works
Chase Young Gallery
Boston, MA 2011 Blue
Chase Young Gallery
Boston, MA 2011 Geared
Sun Vallery Art Center
Ketchum, ID 2010 Inagural Exhibition
Prographica
Seattle 2010 Content
Jacana Gallery
Vancouver 2009 West Coast Drawings VIII
Koplin del Rio
Culver City 2009 Opening Exhibition
Edith Caldwell, Inc
Rockport, ME 2009 On Paper
Jenkins Johnson Gallery
New York, NY 2009 New to the Gallery
Jacana Gallery
Vancouver BC Canada 2009 Entwined