Katy Stone | | Paintings on Mylar

SMOKE I, 2008
Acrylic on Duralar and pins
67 x 8 x 2 inches


Exhibition: January 3 - February 9, 2008



Artist Statement for SPLENDOR ROT
Over the past 15 years, my art has been focused on an approach to form that plays with the boundaries between drawing, painting, and sculpture. Rooted in process, my explorations have also been driven by an interest in materiality, phenomenological presence and gesture.

This new body of work includes Duralar constructions, wall installations and works of laser-cut steel. All of the works are assemblages that use the repetition of gesture and material to create structures that hover between 2D and 3D, and fluctuate between abstraction and representation. With a direct and lyrical presence, the work explores relationships between monumentality and fragility, weightlessness and gravity, beauty and danger, sharpness and softness, splendor and decay.

Recurring references to natural forms and processes are present, but there is an intentional sense of multiplicity. Shapes and configurations suggest a range of associations: landscape, wind, crystals, gems, mountains, heaps, grasses, knives, chrysanthemums, explosions, scratches, insects, fungus, seepage.

The steel work introduces a new tactility and presence while still holding the gesture of the Duralar work. Hints of the seemingly disparate impulses of both minimalism and "maximalism" (the Baroque, Symbolist, Romantic and Rococo) are found, as is the recurring formal element of line. I've also abandoned my traditionally saturated color palette for this show. The works are mostly gray, white, with some blacks, metallics and oozy browns.

Light and shadow, motion and suspension, and a fascination with gleaming, shiny surfaces are also present. The exhibition lighting will be purposefully utilized to create maximum shadows as an integral part of these works.

Acrylic on Duralar and pins
108 x 58 x 1.5 inches

Detail: SPIDERS AND LACE, 2007

MUM HEAP (mountain), 2007
Acrylic on Duralar and pins
162 x 123 x 15 inches

Detail: MUM HEAP (mountain), 2007

TWINED FLOWERS (swirling in a stream), 2007
Blackened and lacquered steel and pins
51 x 22 x 3 inches
Edition of 3

Acrylic on Duralar and pins
21 x 48 x 3 inches

EXPLOSION 7 (double bloom), 2006
Acrylic on Duralar, pins
21 x 21 x 2 inches

EXPLOSION 8 (blue drops with amber dots), 2006
Acrylic on Duralar, pins
25 x 25 x 2 inches