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Kate Harding: Whiskey Creek


Contact: Laurie Steelink
Images available upon request

Kate Harding: Whiskey Creek

September 6 through October 4, 2008

25 July, 2008, Santa Monica—Track 16 Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Kate Harding. Harding’s Whiskey Creek series explores the construction and deconstruction of nature, and change of seasons using leather garments. The show runs from September 6 through October 4, 2008, with an opening reception on Saturday, September 6 from 6 to 9 P.M. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 AM to 6 PM.

The Whiskey Creek pieces embody the context of the mediums’ past lives: as animal, skin, second skin, property, and fashion statement. Details are indicated by well distinguished, however, irregular shapes of color whose translation border on the topographical. The surface treatment and its simultaneous suggestion of illusionary space create both elements of description and abstraction.

Fashion is also an undeniable element of this series, for example, different colors used for each season: a scene of a deciduous forest whose true location is in the rural Midwest is recreated from garments exclusively gathered in Southern California where “seasons” may not be as evident in natural surroundings as they are in fashion trends. Upon close inspection, pre-existing garment details such as seams, zippers, pockets and other elements connote the materials’ former purpose. The most distinct difference of changing seasons has been deliberately recreated, marking time, shifting meaning and context.

Kate Harding lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her BFA at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, in 2003, and studied art at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY in 2001. For more information, visit our website at archive.track16.com. Concurrently on view are Doug Edge: New Paintings and Bob Biggs: OPP–A Roadmap to Nowhere