December 14, 2013 â January 26, 2014 - Real/Virtual, Trash/Treasure - This interactive group exhibition examines liminal states across media - Projekt 722
LIMINAL STATES (a group show I’m in which begins on Saturday) got an Editor’s pick at Flavorpill!!
Some pictures from a few weeks ago. I was in a two-person show with artist Bill Berger curated by Conny Becker, both from Picture Berlin ‘13! Conny refurbished the apartment she’s subletting into an impromtu exhibition space and we all had brunch together. A short but sweet show!
A new ongoing data-based project. Images of Facebook status updates are paired with photos of available apartments on Craigslist.
Kara J. Schmidt, Monsters & Fossils, 2012
Over the course of several months, I collected data in the form of text messages, emails, and Facebook messages. When I felt I had a sufficient amount of material to work with, I began to look for relationships between the words present in the messages in a objective way, free from any bias about who it may be from. I began to isolate various words and phrases that I found the most oblique, and began to use a process of subtraction to carve out a narrative in the form of a poem. The result is a poignant exploration of the abbreviated and sometimes cryptic way we communicate through our digital devices. The title is inspired by a chapter of The Order of Things by Michel Foucault.
Kara J. Schmidt. Pastism, 2013. Acrylics, marker, pen on paper. 8 x 10
Kara J. Schmidt, Untitled, 2013. Acrylics, pen, markers on paper. 9 x 12.
The past 2 months or so I’ve been slowly working on an installation in the stairwell of Shepard Hall at City College. I finally finished it on Sunday and it now consists of five levels (including the basement floor) of geometric red yarn stretched over the periphery of the stairwell. I hope no one tears it down. People seem to like it though, and I’ve even seen people taking pictures of it.
Things have been really busy since I came back to the States. Grad school is in full swing again and I’m preparing for my thesis (!) to be held next May. Lately I’ve been working in geometric, site-specific yarn and wood installations - and I’ve become a bit obsessed with rocks. Thanks to the Geology lab at CCNY for letting me borrow some lovely, huge rocks from the lab. Check out the website (because I worked hard on it!) and now I’m also archiving my sketchbook! Not sure why I didn’t start doing this years ago.
I’m so excited to be a part of this year’s PICTURE BERLIN! I have been in Berlin since July 2nd, and it has been an amazing experience so far. This past Thursday, we had our first group show (The View From Here) at tete gallery in Prenzlauerberg and we had a great turnout! I’m so honored to have the privilege of exhibiting with such a diverse group of artists from around the world…
Here is an excerpt from my video which was projected onto the walls of tete - visitors were encouraged to stand in front of the image so as to become part of the composition.
Kara J. Schmidt. Hot Gossip, 2013. Acrylics on canvas board, 12 x 16
My formerly neat desk …