Kate Shepherd: Battlezone

Opening reception: Tuesday 10 January, 6 to 8pm

11 January - 17 February 2017

Kate Shepherd

Night in Black and Green, 2016

Etching ink and enamel on wood panel

52 x 45 inches

132.1 x 114.3 cm

Kate Shepherd

Pirate Jenny, 2016

Etching ink and enamel on wood panel

52 x 44 inches

132.1 x 111.8 cm

Kate Shepherd

Underwater, 2016

Etching ink and enamel on wood panel

20 x 18 inches

50.8 x 45.7 cm

Kate Shepherd

Tar, 2016

Etching ink and enamel on wood panel

42 x 42 inches

106.7 x 106.7 cm

Kate Shepherd

Candy (black), 2016

Etching ink and enamel on wood panel; bronze, silver, rose gold and brass

29 1/2 x 36 1/2 x 5 inches

Kate Shepherd

Candy : M&M, Skittle, Good n’ Plenty, Peanut M&M (black), 2016

Enamel on wood panel; rose gold, sterling silver, brass and bronze

Detail view

Kate Shepherd

Thumbelina's Architect (notch), 2016

Etching ink and enamel on wood panel

12 x 15 1/2 inches

30.5 x 39.4 cm

Kate Shepherd

Mosquito, 2016

Etching ink and enamel on wood panel

Diptych

36 x 24 inches each (91.4 x 61 cm)

36 x 48 1/2 inches overall (91.4 x 123.2 cm)

Kate Shepherd

Soot Cloud, 2016

Etching ink and enamel on wood panel

41 1/4 x 46 inches

104.8 x 116.8 cm

Kate Shepherd

Television, 2016

Etching ink and enamel on wood panel

34 x 24 inches

86.4 x 61 cm

Kate Shepherd

Japanese Screen, 2016

Etching ink and enamel on wood panel

34 x 24 inches

86.4 x 61 cm

Press Release

Kate Shepherd

Battlezone

11 January – 17 February 2017

Opening reception: Tuesday 10 January, 6 to 8pm*

 

Anthony Meier Fine Arts is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings and sculpture by New York based artist Kate Shepherd. Titled Battlezone, the show foregrounds a new method of composition in Shepherd’s work. Known for her complex networks of delicate lines rendered on highly reflective surfaces, this new work shows Shepherd materially reinterpreting her production. In place of her signature brushwork, these new paintings exploit marks made with transferred inks.

 

Shepherd’s work is marked by an extreme economy of means, which she exercises to make paintings that fluctuate between two and three dimensions. In the past, this dynamism was achieved with complicated systems of geometric patterns, or wireframe renderings of architectonic space. The paintings in this exhibition rely instead on vertical and horizontal lines, occasionally gridded, whose compression creates deep and shallow space.

 

To make these paintings, Shepherd laid inked sheets of vellum onto panels of highly saturated industrial enamel, and used an awl to transfer lines of ink. The imprecision of this strategy produced interference patterns, spectral marks that appear to hang in perspectival space, like clouds of smoke rising from the horizon. 

 

Battlezone also debuts a new floor-based sculpture. On a ground of the same reflective enamel used in her paintings, Shepherd placed four pieces of candy cast individually in precious metals: silver, bronze, rose gold and brass. They float above their ghostly reflections, recalling the inky dots registered on her paintings. Taken together, these works describe vistas on the verge of fleshing themselves out, their development suspended in favor of formal rigor and linear concision.

 

The title of this exhibition, Battlezone, refers to an early arcade game that featured green and red wireframe graphics on a black ground, drawn in one point perspective. Shepherd borrows and builds upon this reductive visual language to make images in dialogue with the palette, taking part in its nostalgia, its graphic relation to night-vision, and its references to battle.

 

 

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