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Katie Klencheski
updated: 05/27/2008
website: katieklencheski.blogspot.com/
 
   
 
 
     
 
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What we leave behind
untitled
Tribulation
untitled
untitled
untitled
untitled
Rapture
Megastorm 2
Megastorm 1
 
Portfolio Keywords:  fantasy, architecture, conceptual, surreal, landscape, figurative, futuristic, humor
 
 
What we leave behind by Katie Klencheski
What we leave behind
Graphite on Paper (4 panels)
11/07
40" x  52" 
untitled by Katie Klencheski
untitled
Graphite on Paper (diptych)
2/08
36" x  50" 
Tribulation by Katie Klencheski
Tribulation
Graphite on Paper
11/07
36" x  24" 
untitled by Katie Klencheski
untitled
Graphite on Paper
1/07
36" x  24" 
untitled by Katie Klencheski
untitled
Graphite on Paper
10/07
36" x  24" 
untitled by Katie Klencheski
untitled
Graphite on Paper
3/08
36" x  24" 
untitled by Katie Klencheski
untitled
Graphite on Paper
4/08
36" x  24" 
Rapture by Katie Klencheski
Rapture
Graphite on Birch Panel
5/06
48" x  24"  x 3" 
Megastorm 2 by Katie Klencheski
Megastorm 2
Graphite on Birch Panel, Flourescent Lights
9/07
48" x  48"  x 3" 
Megastorm 1 by Katie Klencheski
Megastorm 1
Graphite on Birch Panel, Flourescent LIghts
9/07
48" x  48"  x 3" 

Artist Statement
Working with graphite on paper and panel, my drawings are highly realistic and detailed. Composition and contrast play an important role in creating an ethereal atmosphere in my work. The black and white impressions in graphite are stark and silent. Lack of color unifies and magnifies the drama of each work. The reflectivity of the graphite adds an eerie luminescence. Some of the larger megastorm cloud studies use fluorescent backlighting to contrast and emphasize the fields of darkness within the drawings.

Taking disparate elements from contemporary mass consciousness, I draw landscapes exploring the concept of a contemporary mythological apocalypse. Imagining the moment before, the moment of, and the moment after, I fabricate how it would come, what it would look like, and what we would leave behind. Megastorms, cellphone towers disguised as trees, surveillance cameras, and sports heroes all enter into my drawings as elements of an American mythology. I am drawn to the long tradition of artists imagining humanity’s ultimate demise; one of my recent influences has been Hieronymus Bosch’s altarpieces depicting the various moments of Christian end times. My work, drawing from this lineage, looks to reinterpret and embellish a contemporary doomsday.

Artist Bio / CV

EDUCATION

BFA, May 2004
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
(In affiliation with Tufts University)

2000-01
Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2004
Raised by Wolves: From Expressionism to Rabies
Zeitgeist Gallery, Cambridge, MA

The Student Annual Exhibition
School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA

18th Drawing Show
The BCA Mills Gallery Boston, MA

2003
Appetite for Distraction
Acme Art Works Chicago, IL

Overhung
The Oni Gallery Boston, MA

Special Projects
School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA

2002
Public Art, Public Action
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

PRESS

2004
The Boston Phoenix "Smash hits" (February 13 - 19, 2004)
by Christopher Millis