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Katie Shima
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Ditmas Park

ARTIST STATEMENT: We live in an age of unprecedented human agency in terms of our ability to shape our surroundings, to produce tools to support our needs and desires, and to communicate with each other across vast distances. In August of 2016, the International Commission on Stratigraphy submitted a formal recommendation to designate ours as a new geological epoch - the Anthropocene. Drawing on the tradition of landscape painting and the sublime, I work towards a new kind of landscape for this new epoch. These landscapes are complex and intricate, blurring the boundary between the organic and the mechanical, the hand and the machine. The overall composition one perceives at first glance gives way to increasing layers of overwhelming detail upon closer examination. I use contemporary digital fabrication tools such as the laser cutter and CNC router to extend traditional weaving, painting, and drafting techniques, pushing their accuracy and detail to the limit of human perception. Looking at these pieces, there is a sense that there are yet more layers, more beyond the frame, a vast and complex network that we cannot see or understand. They are obsessive, betraying a sense of anxiety at the vastness and complexity of the problems we face in this world, at the darker side of the technological sublime.

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Select exhibitions:
Group exhibition, Superunnatural, NYC, October 2016
Group exhibition, Vanderbilt Republic, Brooklyn NY, 2015
Group exhibition, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn NY, 2015
Solo exhibition, Something in Mind, NYC, August 2014
Juried exhibition Curate NYC Top 150, Rush Arts Gallery, NYC, 2014
Installation at the Knockdown Center, NY, December 2015
Group exhibition at the GWVS Art Museum, Springfield MA, Summer 2013
Three-person exhibition, Devil in the Details, at Mighty Tanaka, Brooklyn, NY, June 2013
Three-person exhibition, Nature and Machine, at Lockwood Matthews Museum, Norwalk, CT, Spring 2013
Two-person exhibition at Bridge Gallery, NYC, January 2013
Solo exhibition at Devotion Gallery, Brooklyn, November 2012
Solo exhibition, Living Machines, at The Diana Center, Barnard College, September 2012
Three-person exhibition at D.A.K., Aarhus, Denmark, May 2012

Select Publications:
Works and Days Quarterly, 2013
Praxis, 2014

Select Residencies:
Det Jyske Kunstakademie, 2012 (with the Loud Objects)
Clocktower Gallery, 2010 (with the Loud Objects)

M.Arch, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University
B.A., Columbia College

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