The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Friday, May 25, 2018

Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum presents the work of Kathryn Spence
Kathryn Spence, Short sharp notes, a long whistled trill on one pitch, clear phrases, 2010. Courtesy of the artist and Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco.

RIDGEFIELD, CT.- Kathryn Spence is inspired by nature in the production of her sculptures and installations. Using found, dirty, and discarded materials, the San Francisco-based artist accurately re-creates wildlife from scraps of paper, fabric, string and wire.

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum’s new exhibition, Kathryn Spence: Dirty and Clean, presents the work of the avid birder and lover of nature. Spence, who is capable of distinguishing particular species from a great distance, creates rabbits, owls, foxes, butterflies, and birds—albeit made of discarded materials—portraying clear, distinct personalities and identities with incredible exactitude. The exhibition will remain on view through June 10, 2012.

The exhibition at The Aldrich presents a series of native animals that Spence considers “clean,” since, as she states, “nature does not produce waste.” Curator Mónica Ramírez-Montagut explains, “Spence’s nuanced, obsessive, and busy gathering of seemingly ‘dirty’ used materials has its counterpart in the way she impeccably reorganizes them in the studio. Eventually her pristine order and intense transformation renders them into unique creatures ready to inhabit the ‘clean’ space of the museum gallery. Paradoxically, the artist considers that on occasion her work has the opposite effect: she dirties the gathered materials because the dirt distances them from ‘consumer’ sensibility; in those cases it is the dirt that ‘cleans’ the sculptures.”

Kathryn Spence was born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1963. She earned her BFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and her MFA from Mills College, Oakland, CA. Spence is represented by Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco

Today's News

February 5, 2012

Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau celebrates Gerhard Richter's 80th birthday with exhibition

Retrospective of Anne Truitt's works on paper opens at Matthew Marks in New York

"Georges Rouault: Circus of the Shooting Star" at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Four recently restored 15th-century tapestries on view at the Meadows Museum

National Park Service announces New Jersey museum finds recording of Otto von Bismarck

"Feast Your Eyes" on ancient Iranian luxury metalwork at the Freer and Sackler Galleries

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers announces inaugural auction of works by African American artists

The Queen: 60 Photographs for 60 Years opens at The Drawings Gallery at Windsor Castle

Les Enluminures gallery to show important Medieval and Renaissance illuminations and manuscripts

World's first major Saul Leiter retrospective opens at Hamburg's Deichtorhallen

With a new design and an exciting roster of dealers, SOFA celebrates 15th anniversary in NYC

Krannert Art Museum presents Fifty Years: Contemporary American Glass from Illinois Collections

Elizabeth Gilfilen: No Longer, No Later opens at Hunterdon Art Museum in New Jersey

Impressive 2011 online art sales on artnet Auctions

Major exhibition of famed Modernist jeweler presented by the Oakland Museum of California

British artists John Wood and Paul Harrison combine physics and humor in video installations

Exhibition of folded paper sculptures by staff, students, faculty, and alumni of MIT opens

Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum presents the work of Kathryn Spence

Social media photography project on view at the Portland Museum of Art

Stevens portrait unveiled at Alaska state museum

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- New Rembrandt found after being bought at London auction

2.- Exhibition at Fotohof focuses on groups in society who are at risk of marginalisation

3.- John Brennan collection of Rock n Roll memorabilia offered at RR Auction

4.- A Bob Dylan guitar fetches $495,000 at auction

5.- Exhibition in San Francisco focuses on the latter half of René Magritte's career

6.- 'Mad' king Ludwig II of Bavaria lost gift to composer Richard Wagner gets rare show

7.- New Royal Academy of Arts opens in celebration of its 250th anniversary

8.- Researchers uncover Anne Frank's 'dirty jokes'in her diary

9.- New York art sales near $3 billion in two weeks as uber-rich hunt trophies

10.- Berlin's Ethnological Museum returns grave-plundered artefacts to Alaska

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful