I can´t nail the days down

Kate Newby

 

Kate Newby´s „I can´t nail the days down“ at Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz is very pleasurable. „Pleasurable“ might be a strange term to describe an exhibition. But I went there in a moment of stark doggedness concerning several questions and problems, and the visit there really helped me to overcome the ensuing tunnel vision - at least a bit.

The work of the Auckland-born artist is characterized by a sort of tender and off-hand poetry. In her installations and interventions she makes use of the on-site conditions and of everyday materials, which often look like found objects but are most of the times hand-made. This approach renders her work open and transparent, and blurs inside and outside, art and non-art. Sometimes one really has to search for her pieces. In short: Kate Newby directs the gaze towards the „aside“, or maybe towards the „also“.

For the Kunsthalle exhibition she adapted bricks before they were burnt, and added on the one hand objects that were left or forgotten on Karlsplatz (like for example coins or bits of broken glass) and on the other hand-crafted items made out of ceramic or bronze. A second part of the show consists of glass pendants produced in collaboration with artist Peter Kuchler. They inscribe the outside into the exhibition by reflecting and absorbing the light. And a third part is located in the surrounding Rosa-Mayreder Park: a little pit that Kate Newby lined with tiles made out of Karlsplatz clay, and which will change with time and weather.

So probably I mean this by „pleasurable“: relaxed concentration.

Julia Maurer

 

 

 

Venue:

Kunsthalle Wien am Karlsplatz
Treitlstraße 2
1040 Wien

 

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Header: Ausstellungsansicht: Kate Newby. I can’t nail the days down, Kunsthalle Wien 2018, Foto: Jorit Aust, Courtesy die Künstlerin

1: Ausstellungsansicht: Kate Newby. I can’t nail the days down, Kunsthalle Wien 2018, Foto: Jorit Aust, Courtesy die Künstlerin

2: Ausstellungsansicht: Kate Newby. I can’t nail the days down, Kunsthalle Wien 2018, Foto: Jorit Aust, Courtesy die Künstlerin

3: Kate Newby, I can’t nail the days down, 2018, Kunsthalle Wien 2018, Courtesy die Künstlerin

4: Ausstellungsansicht: Kate Newby. I can’t nail the days down, Kunsthalle Wien 2018, Foto: Jorit Aust, Courtesy die Künstlerin