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Closing Reception for Rearranging Rooms by Katie Pumphrey
January 4, 2018 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Join us at Project 1628 on Thursday, Jan 4th, 6-8pm for the closing reception of Katie Pumphrey’s solo exhibition, Rearranging Rooms. The artist will also give a short artist talk @ 7pm. Event is free + open to the public. All are welcome.
Through large-scale paintings and installation, Katie Pumphrey’s work explores the tension between movement and stillness. With turbulent brushstrokes on paper and canvas, and the suggestion of imagery or reference of space, her work examines themes of confrontation, reflex, territory, and instinct.
In this new body of work, Rearranging Rooms, Pumphrey explores the repeated process of settling into a space or moment, making it your own, and finding comfort — only to have the situation change. You lose control, the lights go out, a wave comes — the moment forces the meter to reset, and yet again, you have to start from the beginning. You find yourself in a dark room or an overwhelming space, and you scramble to find your footing and move forward. These moments shift over and over again. You rearrange the room, ease the tension, and harness the chaos.
Katie Pumphrey is an artist living and working in Baltimore, MD. Katie has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has participated in artist residencies at the Studios of Key West, Vermont Studio Center, and the Creative Alliance in Baltimore. Katie is also a long distance, open water swimmer — who swam the English Channel in 2015. This aspect of her life often influences and drives her work.