February 26, 2017

In the category of learning something unexpected, here is an interactive site specific installation I made for a printmaking exhibition at the Detroit Focus Gallery (Detroit, Michigan) in 1983. The piece began with a grid of red numbers stenciled on the wall. Under each number was a small collage, made from fragments of drawings and shiny things left over from other projects- often these fragments were hand sewn together, threads left to hang- with an emphasis on the layers and edges.The red numbers corresponded to the dates that the exhibition was open. On a small table placed below the grid was a pile of pre –addressed, postage paid, business envelopes. These envelopes came in the mail with various unwanted Direct Mail offers for credit card applications, life insurance, ma...

January 26, 2017

The way I work generates a certain amount of material, usually some form of drawing media on paper, that does not end up being used in the initial project. Sometimes this is because the only way to test an idea out is to start working with it and see where it wants to go. Where it wants to go may not fit this time but could end up being the starting point for something else or just what is needed to combine with something in the future. Shown here is a single collage, made from left over drawings, that was part of my installation Guest Guide Book 1992 (the first version), made in homage to Gordy Richardson, for the University of Dayton alumni exhibition Remembering Gordy 1992.



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SECOND SIGHT is a 24 month project to revisit, reconnect, and share 30+ years of my own studio work (drawing, works on paper, artists books, installations) and featuring work, ephemera and  projects of other artists that have enriched my personal and working life over this time period.


Via weekly posts that move forward by linking some aspect of the previous post to the current one and using tags as a creative way to search the ongoing entries – Second Sight will grow into an alternative archive.


I invite you to join me at any and all points during this probably odd but hopefully compelling voyage.

Finding Connections in a Drawn World

KATE KERN  Visual Artist