Kathryn Spence has spent years compiling, sorting and transforming culture’s discards into sculptural objects that reveal a human determination on the topic of sufficiency. Fascinated with space, materiality, and objectness, she attends to materials conventionally wasted to produce installations and individual objects that act as a point of unhinging between the natural world and the controlled world.
The show being discussed is Kathryn Spence at P. Bibeau, September 9 – October 22, 2022.
Kathryn Spence (b. 1963) resides in the Bay Area and is featured in numerous public collections including SFMOMA, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., U.C. Berkeley Art Museum, the Oakland Museum of California, Mills College at Northeastern University, the Denver Art Museum, the San Jose Museum of Art, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
Museum solo exhibitions include the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, 2012, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA, 2010, the Johnson Museum at Cornell University, Ithaca, 2001, and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, 1999. Spence is a recipient of the Anonymous was a Woman award, the Eureka Fellowship, an Artadia award, and the Fleischhacker Foundation award. Her ‘Pigeons’ were recently on view at SFMOMA in ‘Greater Than the Sum,’ 2021-22. Spence showed for 18 years at Stephen Wirtz in San Francisco.
The books mentioned in the interview are: Douglas W. Tallamy, Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard and E.O. Wilson, Half Earth.