YI GALLERY presents Gut Feeling, a solo exhibition of new works by sculptor Kate Casanova. This is the artist’s first solo presentation with the gallery, and her work will be on view May 14 through July 9. The opening will coincide with the NYC X DESIGN Festival and Industry City Open Studios weekend. An artist reception will be held on Saturday, May 14 from 3 - 6 pm.
Kate Casanova’s hyper-tactile sculptures evoke the paradoxical experience of being a body. One can know their own body intimately and yet the inner workings remain utterly mysterious. Organs carry out tasks beneath flesh and microbes flourish in guts without direction from the human in which they inhabit. Even though science provides brilliant explanations of how we function, to occupy a body is to be both at home and amidst an alien landscape.
Utilizing a wide range of materials - including paper clay, polymer gypsum, vintage fur, fabric and acrylic paint - Casanova creates abstract sculptures that evoke a definition of a body that defies easy categorization. Biomorphic forms - like an unruly intestine or spleen - bulge and coil in defiance of gravity. Sensuous fabrics with pore-like holes are layered over protruding fur. This is a body that is in process and lacks a distinct outside and inside. This hyper-tactility is an invitation to engage the knowledge that resides in the senses and in the materiality of the body. Gut Feeling occupies the space between what can be sensed about one’s own body and what can only be imagined.
YI GALLERY’s exhibition of Casanova’s work is accompanied by a forthcoming catalog with an essay by Pamela Meadows. Generous support is provided by the University of Denver's Rosenberry Fund.
Kate Casanova is an interdisciplinary artist who explores the posthuman through sculpture and video. Casanova has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as the Barbican Centre (London), the Black Cube Nomadic Museum (Denver) and the Weisman Art Museum (Minneapolis). She received an MFA from the University of Minnesota in 2013 and a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design in 2008. She is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the University of Denver.
EXHIBITION DATES + HOURS:
May 14 - July 9, 2022 THU - SAT 12 - 6pm
*Closed SAT, May 28 (Memorial Day) and SAT, July 2 (Independence Day)
NYC x Design Festival + Industry City Open Studios
May 14 - May 15, 2022 Open All Weekend: SAT - SUN 12 - 6pm
254 36th Street, Suite B634, Brooklyn, NY 11232
Industry City, Building 2 Take B/C Elevator to 6R Buzzer #022
Contact:Cecilia Yueyi Jalboukh
254 36th Street
Building 2, Suite B634 / Buzzer 022
Brooklyn, New York