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Katy Stone: Paintings on Mylar

Greg Kucera Gallery
Seattle WA thru Feb 26, 2005

Katy Stone - Stone (detail)
Katy Stone, Stone (detail) (2004-05, acrylic on layered mylar [Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA through Feb 26]

The innovative work of Seattle artist Katy Stone is a fusion of fluid painting and sculptural projection. Stone received her MFA from the University of Washington in 1994 and her provocative techniques have garnered gallery representation in New York and Miami, as well as a recently mounted one-person exhibition at the Boise Art Museum. She frequently designs sculpture for specific spaces, such as the Suyama Space in Seattle.

In her second solo exhibition at Greg Kucera, she paints on mylar that she cuts and forms into large-scale sculptural pieces. They hang delicately off the wall where they imitate the gravitational flow of waterfalls.

Katy Stone - Willow’s Undercurrent 3
Katy Stone, Willow’s Undercurrent 3 (2004-5), acrylic on layered mylar [Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA through Feb 26]

Stone constructs and assembles the multilayered works in repeated patterns that are inspired by organic and metaphysical forms. There is also a strong visceral element to them. Some pieces evoke plant life like falling petals and roots, coupled with blood droplets and tears. The creations have a somber mood as the fluid downward motion in most works recalls the transitory nature of life. For Stone, the imagery is symbolic of cyclical patterns relating to pain and joy, birth and death, destruction and fertilization. These compelling installations blur the boundaries between painting and sculpture, and the lucid forms allow plenty of room for personal interpretation. The translucent medium creates tinted cast shadows that add dimensionality to the finished works.

Allyn Cantor

 Sat, Apr 2, 2005