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Kayla R Thompson
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Red Hook



ARTIST STATEMENT: My practice occupies a space of inquiry and production between art and design with an interest in function and the intersection of art-object and objecthood. Drawing upon the ideas of design-affordance and adhocism, I subtly manipulate how functional objects are perceived. As I approach making, I think about everyday object interactions in my own life. What do I take for granted in object interaction? What objects may be reinvented to fulfill a specific need? Or install a ritual where one was not obviously involved? I want to highlight the presumptions that are afforded to furniture and the allowances given to space, practicality, and the social norms of interior design. A sculpture that looks like a chair is a chair but clearly it goes beyond its chairness. It questions the viewer’s experience of the object, be it delight, surprise, or uncertainty. Or, that sculpture is a chair and you can and should sit on it. I see my furniture acting as a foil to typical furniture design, clashing with cultural and aesthetic trends while simultaneously inspired by them. My concerns touch on consumerism, embedded value, and humor in human interaction, highlighting the in-betweenness of art and design.
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ARTIST RESUME:


Education
2016 – 2019 University of Oregon
Master of Fine Arts, Graduate Teaching Fellowship
2015 – 2016 University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado
Post Baccalaureate in Ceramics
2007 – 2011 Kendall College of Art and Design
BFA, Sculpture and Functional Art, Academic Honors


Exhibitions
2019
Damaged Art; 98 Orchard St Gallery; Nov. 8th - 10th; New York City, NY
Waist Deep; “Psychic Jacuzzi” group show; Tempus Projects; Sept. 17 – Oct. 19; Tampa, Florida
Pendent Non-Fictions; Mi Cabana No Es Grande; September through October; Nashville, TN
Form and Function; Dalles Art Center; Dalles, Oregon
Functionally Fine, as part of the “UO MFA Thesis Exhibition 2019”; Disjecta Contemporary
Art Center; Portland, OR
Untitled Room, (Camp Fire and Toast Holders in the Way of Donald Judd); Washburn
Gallery, UO; Eugene, OR


2018
Untitled Room, (Old Work New Ways); Washburn Gallery, UO; Eugene, OR
On the Table; Gasworks NYC; Brooklyn, NY
Three New Works; Washburn Gallery, UO; Eugene, OR
Distant Relatives; UO/ PSU MFA Group Show; Littman and White Gallery; Portland, OR
NCECA 2018 National Student Juried Exhibition; Pittsburgh, PA
Untitled Room; Washburn Gallery, UO; Eugene, OR
2nd Year Exhibition; LVK/ Hayden Gallery, UO; Eugene, OR


2017
Furniture Exchange Program; Furniture objects in private residences, Locations OR & MI
Home & Garden Show; Group show with Natalie Wood and Jen Vaughn; LVK Gallery, UO; Eugene, OR
Middle Child Syndrome; 2nd year MFA candidate group show; LVK Gallery, UO; Eugene, OR
Anni Albers Assignments, Curated by Slone Kochman; Hayden Gallery, UO; Eugene, OR
Jump Off; UICA; Grand Rapids, MI
Oregon- Made for Interiors; Maude Kerns Art Center; Eugene, OR
2017 Annual Home and Garden Show; Collaborative with Natalie Wood; Washburn Gallery; Eugene, OR
MR 5 (Mill Race 5); 1st year MFA candidate group show; LVK Gallery, UO; Eugene, OR
Made in Oregon; White Box Gallery; NCECA; Portland, OR


2016
23 True Things; all MFA candidate group show, Hayden Gallery, UO; Eugene, OR
Department of Art and Art History Open Studios; University of Colorado, Boulder


2015
Magic Circle A Kendall Clay Collective Show; Art.Downtown; Grand Rapids, MI
Pop Detritus: Art.Downtown? Grand Rapids, MI? curator
Bring Your Own Beamer II? UICA? Grand Rapids, MI
ArtWorks Tile Mosaic Installation; Herkimer Apartments of Dwelling Place; Grand Rapids, Mi


2012
La Grande Fuoco? A Kendall Clay Collective Show? Coda Gallery? Grand Rapids, MI


2011
Kendall Senior Exhibition? KCAD? Grand Rapids, MI
It’s all in your head. Collaborative with Myra Maness? Kendall Student Gallery
Newaygo County Council for the Arts: Artsplace? Fremont, MI


2010
Michigan, Land of Riches? Site:Lab? Grand Rapids, MI


2009
Michigan Mud Conference? Grand Valley State University? Allendale, MI


2008
A Measure in Multiples? Kendall Student Gallery; Grand Rapids, MI
ActiveSite IV? Grand Rapids, MI
ActiveSite III; Gand Rapids, MI


2007
Michigan Mud Conference; The College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI


Teaching
2019
UO: Instructor of Record: Wheel Throw Lab, Winter; Intro to Ceramics, Spring


2018
UO: Instructor of Record: Intro to Ceramics, Spring & Fall
Art 115 Lab, Surface, Space, & Time (2-D fundamentals), Winter


2017
UO: Instructor of Record: Wheel Throw Lab, Fall


2015
KCAD: Teaching Assistant: Clay and Glaze Formulation (Spring)
Continuing Studies: Six week classes: Intro to Hand building? Intro to Mold Making?
Intro to Throwing; Workshops: Slab Built Mugs; Date Night Wheel Throwing


2014
KCAD: Continuing Studies: Six week classes: Intro to Hand building, Intro to Mold
Making Workshops: Portfolio Camp; Wheel Workshop; Slab Built Mugs


2012 – 2013
UICA: Resident Instructor


2012
Ceramica Artistica Prospettiva (Muggia, Italy): Teaching assistant, 2 weeks
Oxbow: Israel Davis’s Woodfire Creative Intensive with Visiting Artists: Denny Gerwin

 








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