Handwerker Gallery’s 'artist talk' this Thursday, Feb. 27, will feature local artist Katie Waugh, whose media piece Build Up is being projected in the Gannett Center stairwell rotunda (outside of the Ithaca College library) in a continuous loop from January 22 to March 7, 2014.
Beginning at 6 p.m. in the main lobby, Waugh will introduce her practice and present completed works and projects in progress.
IMAGE: Katie Waugh, There & Back, and There Again (2013)
Waugh is a multi-disciplinary artist working with ideas of performativity, social protocol, and aspiration. She has exhibited in galleries, public spaces, and museums in the United States, Canada, Ireland, and Lithuania. She lives and works in the Finger Lakes region of New York, where she teaches at Wells College.
I am drawn to the subtly iconic cultural habits that shape social interaction by the very fact of their quietude, repetition, and widespread acceptance. Those things, whether behavioral, linguistic, or material, which lubricate the rough edges of the social machine beg examination.
Through research and observation, I pry open microscopic fissures in social systems, presenting what lays inside in an effort to uncover the values, ideologies, and cultural forces that brought them about. By employing a practice akin to collage, I uncover, repeat, reassemble, and re-contextualize pivotal details of structural patterns. I find particular interest in those things that appear to exemplify the strength of their respective structures, while simultaneously indicating some level of failure or discomfort. In this failure I find release, empowerment, and sublimity.
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