Katie Torn: Low Tide
July 26 – August 19, 2017
First Thursday art walk August 3, 6:00 to 8:00pm
Gallery hours Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00am to 6:00pm and by appointment
"Before a tsunami hits there is a period of calmness. The ocean recedes below the expected low tide, revealing a world that is usually inaccessible. Its newness is seductive and there is a moment of wonderment. The ocean floor calls to us like a predator luring in its prey."
Low Tide includes eight works on paper and two video installations by New York-based media artist Katie Torn, all using an imagined ocean at low tide as their setting. The works on paper are collages composed from original 3D renderings, photographs of Torn’s sculptures, paint, and found images. The abstract figures they depict stand in yoga poses, covered by plastic waste. They are, in Torn’s words, “overwhelmed female bodies, desperately trying to adapt to a decaying, physical world that is consumed by image and simulations.”
The three-channel and single-channel video installations continue this theme. The three-channel installation, also titled Low Tide, features a mermaid embedded in a tangle of detritus, expelling oil-like substances. On the Beach, the single-channel video, draws this imagery into the world of selfies, featuring a female sea creature posing for the camera, layered with Snapchat-like filters and special effects.
Low Tide is the last in a series of three solo exhibitions by gallery artists working primarily in media art, which culminates in a collaborative presentation of work by the artists (Morehshin Allahyari, Brenna Murphy and Katie Torn), on view August 23 through September 2, 2017.
Katie Torn (b. 1982, New York, New York) holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Notable presentations and screenings of her work include Wayne State University, Detroit (2017); XPO Gallery, Paris (2017); Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv (2015); MoMA PS1, New York (2014); Tate Britain, London (2014); MOCA Los Angeles (2013), and bitforms gallery, New York (2013). Torn was a 2013 Fellow at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, as well as artist-in-residence at LMCC Process Space on Governor’s Island (2016) and The Institute of Electronic Arts in Alfred, New York (2014).