Kathy Kissik - artist

Kathy Kissik/ Kathy Kissik

United States 1968

Photography, Painting, Collage, Assemblage Art

Kathy Kissik
Kathy Kissik
Female
United States
1968

Kathy Kissik is a Miami-based artist known for her fusion of contemporary and historical photography with found objects. Born in Rhode Island in 1968, Kissik earned her BFA degrees from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA and Tufts University where she was a fifth year Travelling Scholar recipient, then enrolled in a post-graduate program at the University of New South Wales.

Mixed Media Paintings by Kathy Kissik

Trained primarily in photography and welding, Kathy Kissik’s mixed media paintings are often architectural. She photographs her subjects – with a traditional medium format camera and occasionally digitally – from slightly skewed perspectives in light shifting with the passage of time. Then Kissik builds out sculptural collages with contrasting textures and found objects for a multifaceted effect. Metals have an unspoken vocabulary in her practice that subtly transmit information to the viewer, while copper, by nature, conducts energy and the artist uses it symbolically. On the other end of the spectrum is the dead toxic dullness of lead used as a counterpoint to copper to evoke how a place feels—the interpretation of time and space.

Artworks by Kathy Kissik

Faded Prussian Blue - 2013 / Paris - 2011
Kathy Kissik – Faded Prussian Blue, 2013 (Left) / Paris, 2011 (Right), photo credits Alpha Gallery

Factory Series

Kissik’s subjects range from Gothic cathedrals to Venetian canals to aging factories. In her famous Factory Series influenced by the history of Bauhaus construction, Kathy Kissik presents factories as “castles,” monuments of an earlier era. The turrets of these fortresses rise amid mazes of chutes and ladders spliced into crowded frames. The artist often uses discarded cardboard, used fuses, and reclaimed wire in her work. Texture and tonal shifts round out visual impact.

The Factory series is also transition from her traditional medium-format black-and-white film, sometimes sepia-toned and hand-tinted, to color digital images, overlaid with tactile elements that echo each factory’s output or a related theme. Whether an antique monument or an abandoned modern structure, each subject in her work has its own history and invokes the viewers to explore it.

Better Living Through Chemicals

mixed media - 2010 - fleck 2012
Kathy Kissik – Better Living Through Chemicals, 2010

Collections and Exhibitions

Her work is widely collected by both public and private collectors including The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; Vidal Sassoon Corporation; Sony Music Canada, Shane Carter; R.S.P.C.A., Brooklyn, NY; and Wave Development Group, Miami, FL, among others.

Kissik has participated in many individual and collective exhibitions in the United States, Canada, and Europe, including at Elaine Fleck Gallery, Toronto; Alpha Gallery, Boston; South Florida Arts Center, Miami; Suzanne DeWitt Gallery, Naples, FL; Attleboro Museum, Attleboro, MA; and The Other Gallery, Banff Centre, CA, among others.

She is represented by Robert Fontaine Gallery in Miami, FL and Alpha Gallery in Boston, MA.

She lives and works in USA.

Images copyrights © the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2014Summer PillRobert Fontaine Gallery, Miami, FLGroup
2014One Out of One ThousandArt Centar, South FloridaGroup
2014MajestyThe Elaine Fleck Gallery, Toronto, ON, CanadaGroup
2014Trash Art Deluxe und Die Macht Der Freien SzeneGallerie Neurotitan, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2013Verbatim & GistCenter of Contemporary Art, SeattleSolo
2013ConstructivismThe Elaine Fleck Gallery, Toronto, ON, CanadaSolo
2013Scope Basel, with Robert Fontaine Gallery Switzerland Group
2013Scope Art Fair, with Robert Fontaine Gallery New York, NY Group
2012QualiaAlpha Gallery, Boston Solo
2012ProcessElaine Fleck Gallery, TorontoSolo
2012Scope Art Fair during Art Basel Miami, with Robert Fontaine GalleryMiamiGroup
2012White NightBerlin, GermanyGroup
2012ScopeArt Basel, Switzerland Group
20129Robert Fontaine Gallery, Miami, FLGroup
2011In Art We TrustMiami, FL Group
2011Toronto International Art FairToronto, Canada Group
2011Pink BastardWynwood, Miami, FLGroup
2010K.Kissik, Art BaselSouth Florida Arts Center, MiamiSolo
2010Lotus House FundraiserMarquiles Art Warehouse, Miami, FL Group
2010Winter Party FestivalDot Fifty One, Miami, FL Group
2010One Night StandThe Other Gallery, Banff Centre, CA Group
2010Art with HeartToronto,Canada Group
2009K. Kissik, Art BaselThe Governor Hotel, Miami, FLSolo
2009ParaphernaliaThe Bakehouse, Miami, FL Group
2008K.KissikThe Elaine Fleck Gallery, TorontoSolo
2008Form and Function, Art BaselThe Bakehouse, Miami, FL Group
2007Basel on the Beach1500 Ocean Drive, Miami, FL Group
2007ArchitectureTufts University, Medford, MA Group
2006Work, ContactThe Elaine Fleck Gallery, Toronto, CanadaSolo
2006Bridge Art, Art BaselAlpha Gallery, Miami, FLGroup
2005The GrailSuzanne DeWitt Gallery, Naples, FLSolo
2005Trinity InspiresTrinity Church, Boston, MAGroup
2005MeterThe Ruth Shack Gallery, Miami, FLGroup
2004K. KissikT.F Greene Airport Providence, RISolo
2002Taken by the SkyCathedral Gallery, Belfast, N. IrelandSolo
2002Taken by the SkyOscar Wilde House, Dublin, IrelandSolo
2002Belfast May FestivalCathedral Gallery, Belfast, N. Ireland Group
2001Taken by the SkyBlackfort Organic Gallery, Dublin, IrelandSolo
2001Postcards to N.Y.Macy Gallery, Columbia University NY, NY Group
2001The BestPleiades Gallery, NY, NYGroup
2001Small WorksAttleboro Museum, Attleboro, MAGroup
2001Sarah’sCircle BenefitThe Swedish American Museum Center, Chicago, IL Group
2001Middle East Benefit Auction Brian WrightBoston, MA Group
2000WindowsDana M McCutcheon Gallery, Berkeley, CAGroup
1999The Least PossibleWordsPhilharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples,FL Solo
1998Fire and IceAttleboro Museum, Attleboro, MA Group
1998Art Cetria Preview &AuctionInstitute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MAGroup
1994New York Armory ShowNew York, NY Group
1993Kathy Kissik: New WorkAlpha Gallery, Boston, MASolo
1993The Art ShowNew York, NY Group
1993Art ChicagoChicago, ILGroup
1989BuildAS 220 Galleries, Providence, RISolo