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
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
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
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
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