KATIE WYNNE: I FIGURED IT'D BE YOU
COOP Gallery / 507B Hagan St. June 2 - 30th
COOP Gallery welcomes Philadelphia-based installation artist Katie Wynne, winner of the 2018 open call. In her proposal, Katie said this about her work:
“Maybe we’ve had enough words of power and talk about the battle of life. Maybe we need some words of weakness.” That was author Ursula K. LeGuin in 1983, imagining a new way forward, an alternate route to authority, to speaking in the terms forced upon her. My most recent work responds to the rhetoric of power and domination in America with a personal collection of t-shirts. That is, softly. This body of work is unabashedly soft-hearted, exploring themes of sentimentality, portraiture, absence, and the poetics of movement. Through the subversion of materials and their fluid associations, I hope to speak to LeGuin’s call for an alternate vocabulary, using the familiar, common object to raise questions of value, labor, mortality and affection.
image: Katie Wynne, Sunfish, T-shirt, fabric, string, wood, beam clamps, threaded rod, motors, safety pins and fishing swivels, 142"x 74"x 34", 2017