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An Artist Dialogue - Katherine Jackson and Katherine Bardford


December 17, 2011


Katherine Jackson discusses her glasswork and drawings with painter and Guggenheim Fellow Katherine Bradford. The two artists talk about the relation of etched glass to painting, the role of text–based imagery, and the process of abstraction. Jackson’s three-part site-specific exhibitions, Storylights, appear in the Corner Reading Room on the 1st floor, Art Wall on Third on the 3rd floor and Art in the Windows on view day and night on Fifth Avenue and 40th Street.

Column #1; glass, RGB LEDs; 44” x 22” x 1.5"; 2010 © Katherine JacksonColumn #1; glass, RGB LEDs; 44” x 22” x 1.5"; 2010 © Katherine JacksonKatherine Jackson’s most recent public installation/exhibitions were in Manhattan – in the windows of the Tenement Museum and of the Educational Alliance art school/community center. In addition to public art, she has had large scale solo exhibitions at Bennington and Hobart/William Smith Colleges. Her work has been widely shown in galleries, colleges, and universities in New York, Boston, New Haven, Ann Arbor, Maine, London, and elsewhere. It has been featured in numerous arts and literary magazines, where she has also contributed image/text pieces, poems, essays, and translations. Her images and drawings have also appeared on the covers or among the pages of many books of poetry.

Katherine Bradford is an artist who lives and works in New York City. She will have a solo exhibition at Edward Thorp Gallery in Chelsea in 2012. She has also shown her work at the Brooklyn Museum, PS1, Exit Art, Canada Gallery, ATM Gallery and the Addison Gallery of American Art. In 2009 she was a resident faculty at Skowhegan and in 2011 she received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. In the 1970’s, she lived year round in Maine and began to make paintings that were abstract and took their inspiration from nature. She has gradually introduced images and symbols into her work leading to her current paintings existing in the area between abstraction and representation. 

Initiated and organized by Arezoo Moseni in 2004, Artist Dialogues Series provide an open forum for understanding and appreciation of contemporary art. Artists are paired with critics, curators, gallerists, writers or other artists to converse about art and the potential of exploring new ideas.