Kat O'Brien
ceramic sculpture, tiles, installation art, public art, wood sculpture, sculpture parks

Exhibition Info Archives

(posted on 10 Oct 2011)

bookMARKs exhibition is held in conjunction with the Society for Photographic Education's Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Regions' 2011 Conference, hosted by Light Work and Syracuse University. The conference dates are November 3-5, 2011 and encompass a full slate of programming including lectures, panel discussions, portfolios reviews and exhibitions. This unique exhibition is installed in Light Work's Robert B. Menschel Photography Gallery, Syracuse University. Photobooks by members of the Society for Photographic Education (SPE) and alumni and affiliates of the New York Foundation for the Arts MARK program.

Kat O'Brien: My Dance with John, a book of changes, a work in process is a book that details O'Brien's work on 9 ceramic sculptures to mark the 100th birthday of her father John F. Moore, founder and Co-Chair (with dancer Martha Hill) of the first American Dance Festival, in 1948. John's work with the ADF evolved over 6 years through his directing of courses, programs and performances for Connecticut College's Summer Sessions and School of the Arts. The School of the Dance opened on July 13, his daughter was born on July 15 and he died on October 14, 1948. Both the ADF and Kat completed their 64th summer season in 2011.

The exhibition opening: John's 100th birthday - November 5, 1:30-3:30 at Syracuse University, where John received his MA in English (1934) and met his wife, Mary Esther O'Brien Moore. Thanks to Griffis Art Center and Connecticut College (New London, CT) and Carlos Loret de Molo, bookMARKs/Syracuse University (Hudson/Syracuse, NY) for assistance on this project.

March 19, 2010 to April 19, 2010

In partnership with the Tile Heritage Foundation, PMG hosts an exhibition of tile and mosaic artworks. The exhibition is inspired by the rich history of tile and mosaic art in the Philadelphia area over the past 100 years.Tell-Tale Tiles & Fractured Fantasies explores contemporary tile making and ceramic mosaic as a story-telling medium in the spirit of artists Henry Chapman Mercer and Isaiah Zagar. The narrative tiles include social, political, personal, and family stories. Renowned ceramicist and art historian Susan Tunick selected the works for the exhibition, including "Earth center" by Kat O'Brien.

Held in the context of Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, the exhibition is a good venue for tile and mosaic artists to make powerful and socially meaningful statements.

Calendar of events during Tell-Tale Tiles & Fractured Fantasies:

Wednesday-Saturday, March 31-April 5: NCECA conference, PA Convention Center

Saturday, April 24-April 25 from 9:00am to 4:00pm: Public Mosaic Mural Workshop with founding artist, Isaiah Zagar

"This so-called 'literary' side of the craft, this storytelling... has been my primary impulse or inspiration... But if tiles could tell no story, inspire or teach nobody, and only serve to produce aesthetic thrills, I would have stopped making them long ago."
-Henry Chapman Mercer

"A Book About Death" is an artists' collaborative project conceived by collage artist Matthew Rose (an American living and working in Paris) for the Emily Harvey Foundation in New York City where the original exhibition took place from September 10 - 22, 2009. Over 500 artists contributed 500 postcards each created from artworks made especially to create an unbound book about death in homage to Ray Johnson (father of mail art), a celebration of Emily Harvey, and a global exploration of how we celebrate memory and death. The exhibition has traveled to the Otis College of Art and Design in LA, and to the Mobius Gallery in Boston, MA, as well as becoming part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the LA County Museum of Art Research Library. A Book About Death, curated by Louise Weinberg, is collaborative project at the Queens Museum of Art, one of a trio of exhibitions celebrating the Day of the Dead. November 1 -15, reception November 1, 3 - 6pm.

(posted on 21 Oct 2009)

Six artists have been chosen to be featured in the Holgraphic Book Project: Kat O'Brien, Paula Dawson, Mary Harman, Setsuko Ishii, Sally Webber, and Wendy Whaley. This project is the first book of its kind and will be a significant contribution to the history of holographic production (Publication: February 2010).

The Project is hosted by The Photon League in collaboration with the Ontario College of Art & Design. The Photon League is a team of artists and individuals who specialize in 3D visualization, holography, and engineering. They devote their time and practice to the evolution, education and exploitation of holography. The Photon League hosts one of the world’s best-equipped labs for the production of fine art holography.

The project is funded primarily by the International Holography Fund and the Photon League and is supported through the Office of the Vice President, Research and Graduate Studies at the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) in Toronto. The International Holography Fund was set up to support creative holography world-wide. During its two years of operation it provided grants to over 15 group and institutional projects. Our Holographic Book Project was one of the final proposals to receive funding from the IHF and is the first AOOR (artist-out-of-residence) event to gain this type of support. The project is being produced by Michael Page, who has more than 30 years experience teaching, researching and special projects in holography. OCAD is Canada’s oldest and largest Universities for the education of artists and designers.

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