Kate Clark


New York, USA
www.kateclark.net
The sculptures of American artist Kate Clark discuss basic human conditions in relation to the conditions of animals. Beastlike sculptures become all too human by replacing the original face with a human head directing its glance towards the viewer. The head containing the brain introduces the intelligent creature, which is able to act rationally in opposition to the animal acting on instinct. One aspect in Clark’s mythical creatures can therefore be described as the evolution of human beings and their change of conditions.

The best-known creature being combined of human and animal characteristics is possibly the Minotaur. The famous monster of Greek mythology has appeared in the arts since the classical times in various forms. Minotaur is a symbol of power and sin but also tells about the instinct-driven human being. In that sense Kate Clark continues with the tradition of that topic but invents new forms for the combination of different species.

Kate Clark does not create only one mythical protagonist but an entire zoo of fairy tale creatures. The portraits of human faces and animal bodies scrutinize the human identity as a well as the masquerade of people. The specific gestures of the animals furthermore point to topics such as body language and forms of expression in the broadest sense. Clark’s beasts cause impressions, which are just as ambiguous as the sculptures themselves. They appear cute and creepy, aggressive and shy, appealing and repulsive at the same time.

place & year of birth
New York, 1972

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education
2001
Cranbrook Academy of Art, MFA Sculpture

1994
Cornell University, BFA Sculpture

1993
Cornell in Rome, AAP Program semester abroad


solo exhibitions
2008
\\\'Kate Clar”, Clare Oliver Gallery New York

2007
“Kate Clark” at Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA


group exhibitions
2008
I Dream of Genomes, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY

2007
Posing, Abrons Art Center, New York
Meta-Majesty, Chashama /Explosivo, New York
SCOPE Hamptons Art Fair, presented by Jack the Pelican Presents, Brooklyn NY


bibliography
2008
Genocchio, Ben, “Looking into the World of Genomes and Seeing..”, New York Times
2007

Kalm, James, Brooklyn Dispatches, The Brooklyn Rail, March
Wheelock, David, ‘Animals’ Exhibit Startles, Subverts, Yale Daily News, February 13
Birke, Judy, Animal Magnetism, New Haven Register, March 4