ART FUNDAMENTS 2021 - Conference 02 - Kate Newby

10, AR-119 Art fundaments

This event is the second of a series of public conferences organized by ART FUNDAMENTS. It relates the course’s second chapter which investigates our relations to landscape.

This chapter is structured around the main question of: how do artistic practices allow us to develop an understanding of landscape? We explored how landscape can be defined and how this influences the type of relationships that are built with it. Through various ranges of examples, we discussed what are the diverse artistic strategies to develop a critical, formal, discursive or poetical experience related to the natural or urban landscape.  

In order to bring a diversity of perspectives to the students, we are pleased to invite the artist Kate Newby to present her own approach. She creates site-responsive interventions focusing on revealing the spatial aspects of the site (light, chromaticity, weight, circulation, dimensions). She creates handmade, crudely constructed sculptural interventions that simultaneously connect and contrast their environments. Drawing out both the physical and poetic qualities of materials (usually materials such as concrete, textiles, glass, and ceramics), her work explores whether situational context can be just as informative as materiality and content.

Kate Newby was born in 1979 in Auckland, New Zealand. A 2015 graduate of the Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland, she currently lives and works in Brookyln, New York. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Kunsthalle Vienna (2018), Madragoa, Lisbon and the Institut d'art contemporain, Villeurbanne (2019) and Feuilleton Los Angeles (2020). She participated in the 21st Biennale of Sydney in 2018 and was awarded the prestigious Walters Prize in 2012.