The Sunday Painter presents Kate Newby’s solo exhibition So close,come on with an accompanying text by Alex Bacon.
So close,come on showcases a new series of site-responsive works that explore ideas around excavation and replacement, revealing Newby’s ongoing commitment to underline the limits and nature of sculpture. As is the case with much of the artist’s practice, the works on display demand particular attention, entering a complex dialogue with the architecture that hosts them. Newby’s material vocabulary – clay, broken glass she collects from sidewalks, bronze and rope – reveal her affinity for rediscovering and repurposing everyday objects in order to draw attention to the small, radically slight elements that often go unseen. Varying in scale, her material-driven artworks disclose an intimate conversation between maker and environment, encouraging the viewer to consider sculpture’s connection and relationship to the natural world.
Kate Newby (b. 1979, Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand, lives and works in Floresville, Texas) has exhibited widely and internationally. She received her Doctorate of Fine Art in 2015 from the Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland. Recent institutional exhibitions include Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2022); Adam Art Gallery Te Pataka Toi, Wellington (2021); Musée d’art contemporain de la Haute-Vienne, Rochechouart (2021): Institute of Contemporary Art Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes, Villeurbanne (2019); Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2018); 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018); SculptureCenter, New York (2017). In 2012, she won the Walters Prize, New Zealand’s largest contemporary art prize, and in 2019 Newby was awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant. Kate has undertaken residencies at The Chinati Foundation (2017), Artpace (2017), Fogo Island (2013), and the International Studio & Curatorial Program ISCP (2012).
ive been waiting forever for this, 2022, glass, jaune d'argent, 2087 x 815 mm