Kathy Kissik

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BIOGRAPHY
I create art because I cannot “not” create. Sometimes it feels obsessive compulsive and provides a relief for me from the constant influx and activity firing in my brain. My mind is quieted when I process my surroundings in this way. I believe artist to be antennas. We pick up indiscriminately the whirl of activity that surrounds us. We are the true historians of society. Absorbing, digesting, and excreting what it is to be living in this time. I try to edit some of the information coming in during my digesting phase. I sit with it, contemplate, and reframe the experience in a way that feels cohesive and aesthetically accessible. I want people to engage with the works, to relate, and in that way to feel connected and comforted. This is why the aesthetics always are of my primary concern; they provide the lure, the dance on the retina that starts the dialogue.

My mixed media paintings are architectural. Trained primarily in photography and welding my materials are carefully chosen. I photograph my subject with a traditional medium format camera and occasionally digitally. I Shoot from varying vantage points and over a course of days. I allow myself to become intimate with my surroundings and form a relationship. Then I begin constructing sculptural collages utilizing my own prints. I seek out objects that lend themselves visually and conceptually to the subject I am dealing with. Metals, in general, have an unspoken vocabulary that is a useful tool for subtly transmitting information to the viewer. For instance, copper, by nature, conducts energy and therefore I use it symbolically for its lively aspects. On the other end of the spectrum there is the dead toxic dullness of lead, which is useful as a counterpoint to the copper. Sometimes found objects from the site inform the direction and work themselves into the artwork My vision has always been to evoke how a place feels. The interpretation of time, space, and subtle nuances associated with the experience of the subject. Texture and tonal shifts round out visual impact.

EDUCATION

- Certificate U.N.S.W., Sydney, Australia, Exploring Etching,
- 5th Year Certificate, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
- BFA Tufts University, Medford, MA, cum laude
- Diploma School of the Museum Of Fine Arts, Diploma, B. F.A.
- AAS Chamberlayne Jr. College, Boston, MA, magna cum laude in Design

AWARDS

- 2014 Cill Rialaig Residency, County Kerry, Ireland
- 2006 &2010 Paul Fleck Fellowship, Holy Springs Collective, Banff, Canada
- 2008 Artist Enhancement Grant, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs
- 2002&2008 Pollock-Krasner Fellowship, NY, NY
- 2007Artist Access Grant, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs
- 2005-2014 Artist in Residence, South Florida Arts Center, Miami Beach, FL
- 2001 Juror’s Choice, “Members Show”& “Small Works” Attleboro Museum, MA
- 1993&1999 Fellowship, Rhode Island Council on the Arts
- 1998 Artist Project Grant, Rhode Island State Council for the Arts
- 1998 “Sea Grant” University of RI, Kingston, RI
- 1993 Ludwig Vogelstein Fellowship, NY, NY
- 1992 Fifth Year Traveling Scholar, S.M.F.A., Boston, MA

SOLO SHOWS

- 2013 “Verbatim & Gist”,Center of Contemporary Art, Seattle
- 2013 “Constructivism”, Elaine Fleck Gallery, July, Toronto
- 2012 “Qualia”, Alpha Gallery, Boston
- 2012 “Process”, Elaine Fleck Gallery, Toronto
- 2008-11“K.Kissik”The Elaine Fleck Gallery. Toronto
- 2010 “K.Kissik” Art Basel, South Florida Arts Center, Miami
- 2009 “K. Kissik”Art Basel, The Governor Hotel, Miami, FL
- 2006/7“Work, Contact” The Elaine Fleck Gallery, Toronto, Canada
- 2005 “The Grail”, Suzanne DeWitt Gallery, Naples, FL
- 2004 “K .Kissik” T.F Greene Airport Providence, RI. Underwritten by RISCA
- 2002 “Taken by the Sky” Cathedral Gallery, Belfast, N. Ireland
- 2002 “Taken by the Sky”, Oscar Wilde House, Dublin, Ireland
- 2001 “Taken by the Sky”, Blackfort Organic Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
- 1999 “The Least PossibleWords”Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples,FL
- Naples, Fl, Underwritten by State Street Global Advisors
- 1993,94,96 “Kathy Kissik: New Work”, Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA
- 1989 “Build, AS 220 Galleries, Providence, RI

- SELECTED COLLECTIONS

- The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
- Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
- Vidal Sassoon Corporation
- Sony Music Canada, Shane Carter
- R.S.P.C.A., Brooklyn, N Y
- Wave Development Group, Miami, FL
- The Progressive Corporation
- Wellington Management
- Fleming & Associates, LLP
- Masterman, Culbert, & Tully, Boston, MA
- David Handlin and Associates, Cambridge, MA
- Diamond Hill Vineyards, Cumberland, RI
- Juilly Kohler, The Bradley Galleries, Milwaukee, WI
- Irwin & Judy Wrubel, (Bare Necessities Corp)
- James Fleck, Toronto, Canada
- Michael and Joan Salke, NY
- Roddy Doyle, Dublin, Ireland
- Joseph Mimram, Toronto, CA
- Mrs. Ross Anderson, Newton, MA
- Robert Remis, Boston, MA

SELECTED BIO

- Boston Globe “Qualia” art review, 2012
- Art District Magazine, (feature) Feb/March Canadian Art Now, Bravo, TBA, 2011
- The Lead, Miami, FL, The Evidence Of Time”, Angie Hargot 2010
- “The Art of Living Gallery,” TLC Network 2009
- “Who’s Who in Art in America” 25th - 32th Edition 2001- 2013
- Plum TV, Artist Spotlight”, September, 2007
- “Mag” Miami Art Guide, “Featured Artist”, September, 2007
- Arts Extra, BBC Radio Ulster, Helen Toland, April 3, 2002
- Irish News (N. Ireland), Review, Jenny Lee, March 26, 2002
- Newsletter Belfast, Review, Ian Hill, March 2002
- Irish Independent (Ireland), “City Life/Diary”, January 29, 2002
- The Irish Times (Ireland), “On the Town”, January 26, 2002
- Irish Examiner (Ireland), Review, January 26, 2002
- RTE Radio 1 (Ireland), “Rattlebag”, January 23, 2002
- Sunday World (Ireland), News piece, January 20, 2002
- Sunday Business Post (Ireland), “The Guide/Agenda”, January 20, 2002
- TV3 (Ireland), “Ireland AM”, November 19, 2002
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- SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

- 2013 Robert Fontaine Gallery: Scope Basel Switzerland June 11
- 2013 Robert Fontaine Gallery: Scope Art Fair NYC Armory Week March
- 2013 Robert Fontaine Gallery: Palm Beach Fair Jan 20
- 2012 Robert Fontaine Gallery: Scope Art Fair during Art Basel Miami Dec 4
- 2012 “White Night”, Berlin, Germany
- 2012 “Scope”, Art Basel, Switzerland
- 2012 “9” Robert Fontaine Gallery, Miami, FL
- 2011 “In Art We Trust”, Miami, FL
- 2011“Toronto International Art Fair ,” Canada
- 2011“Pink Bastard”, Wynwood, Miami, FL
- 2010“Lotus House Fundraiser”, Marquiles Art Warehouse, Miami, FL
- 2010 “Winter Party Festival”, Dot Fifty One, Miami, FL
- 2010 “One Night Stand” The Other Gallery, Banff Centre, CA
- 2010 Art with Heart, Fundraiser for Casey House by Waterhouse Sotheby’s, Toronto,Canada
- 2009 “Paraphernalia” curated by Bernice Steinbaum, The Bakehouse, Miami, FL
- 2008“Form and Function” Art Basel, The Bakehouse, Miami, FL
- 2007 “Basel on the Beach”, 1500 Ocean Drive, Miami, FL
- 2007 “Architecture” Tufts University, Medford, MA
- 2006/09 “Bridge Art/Art Basel” Alpha Gallery, Miami, FL
- 2005 “Trinity Inspires” Trinity Church, Boston, MA
- 2005 “Meter” The Ruth Shack Gallery, Miami, FL
- 2002 “Belfast May Festival”, Cathedral Gallery, Belfast, N. Ireland
- 2001“Postcards to N.Y.”, Macy Gallery, Columbia University NY, NY
- 2001“The Best”, juror Ivan Karp, Pleiades Gallery, NY, NY
- 2001 “Small Works” Attleboro Museum, Attleboro, MA 2
- 2001“Sarah’sCircle Benefit” The Swedish American Museum Center, Chicago, IL
- 2001 Middle East Benefit Auction “Brian Wright”, Boston, MA
- 2000 “Windows”, Dana M McCutcheon Gallery, Berkeley, CA
- 1993/2012 “The Art Show”, Sponsored by Art Dealer’s Association of America, NY,NY
- 1998-2001 “Fire and Ice”, Attleboro Museum, Attleboro, MA
- 1998-2001 “Art Cetria Preview &Auction”, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
- 1994-2012, New York Armory Show, NY, NY
- 1993-2012 “Art Chicago”, Chicago, IL