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Kim Faler: Cope and Drag

Sep 28–Jan 10, 2020

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Her site-specific piece for the Saint Kate, Cope and Drag, explores the themes of anxiety, pressure and reliance within the public eye. Placed within the window of a highly public space, Faler stacks architectural wall fragments and wooden frames on top of one another, creating a completely useless support structure. The wooden structures are then concealed and revealed with a brightly colored paint and dangling neon rope, serving to tantalize and distract the eye.

The Wait, and Dolly focus on the materials that make up objects, and our innate understanding of both that object and our emotional connection to its new version. Large, heavy rocks are cast into porcelain and seem to float to the surface; while fragile grapevine stems are translated to metal, now providing a structure that breathes outward. The seeming fragility of the objects and their construction adds a sense of unease or urgency to the work. The new interpretation of these mundane objects allow viewer to examine what they know and question the routine and patterns that shape their everyday lives.

Faler’s work has been exhibited at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASSMoCA), Art Dubai, Sp/Arte in São Paulo, as well as LaMontagne Gallery in Boston, David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and the Beeler Gallery at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio. She has received numerous grants and residencies, including the Joan Mitchell MFA Grant, a US Fulbright Scholarship to Brazil, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency in Captiva, Florida, the Artpace International Artist-in-Residence Program in San Antonio, Texas and the Art/Industry Residency at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI. Kim Faler received her BFA from Ohio Wesleyan University and her MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. She lives and works in North Adams, Massachusetts.

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