Kay Whitney, displaced by natural forces, 2022 Industrial felt, nylon felt, tulle, artificial silk, wood, metalized felt


Kay Whitney is a multi-disciplinary artist who works with myriad materials and techniques. Her free-standing sculpture on exhibit references architecture. The fabrics used to weave around the horizontal and vertical elements bind the strips to the wooden structure. The structure can also be perceived as an immense stepped-up loom bound and supported by the grip of fabric encircling and entwining around and underneath it. In many ways, Whitney’s work replicates the labor-intensive processes that typify weaving. The artist notes the commonalities between building exteriors and woven structures: “My combination of artificial fibers (felt) and artificial wood (plywood) mark out the complex relationship with and points of similarity between weaving and architecture. The structure of a building, its exterior in particular, is often referred to as the ‘fabric’ of that structure. Like fabric, buildings are constructed from discreet webs of materials bound together horizontally and vertically.”

Kay Whitney (born in New York City, lives in Los Angeles), has exhibited nationally and internationally in both museums and galleries. She received her BFA from School of the Museum of fine Arts, Boston, MA. Her MFA (1993) is from University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.

Her institutional shows include exhibitions at Craft Contemporary, LA, CA; Los Angeles County Art Museum, LA, CA; Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport, CA; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; University of Texas, San Antonio, TX; Blue Star, San Antonio, TX; Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA; Mt Saint Mary’s University, LA. CA; Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY; Museum Schloss Holdenstedt, Uelzen, Germany.

Her work will appear in March of 2023 in an upcoming exhibition at Angela Kohlrusch Gallery in Germany.


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