Katy Schimert: Camouflage, Ink and SilenceMarch 27 - May 4, 2014
Opening Reception March 26, 5:00 – 7:00pm
6:00pm: Artist in conversation with noted poet and art critic John Yau
Katy Schimert | Lurking Octopus, 2011 | Watercolor on paper
Katy Schimert | Lurking Octopus, 2013 | Lead crystal | 9 x 34 1/2 x 10 in.
Working across a variety of media, including drawing, sculpture, and film, Katy Schimert uses fragments of personal experience as conceptual impetus. The intersection of the fine and decorative arts is a formal point of departure for the artist. Densely layered and vaguely topographical, her drawings suggest sequences of cosmic or otherworldly events occasionally populated by ethereal human figures; as Schimert describes it, they create a “space for illusion.” The results of this investigation are not only visually compelling, but formally succinct – this allows Schimert’s works in various media to meld together as an ongoing visual essay.
Tuesday, March 255:00–6:30 p.m., Fine Arts Center Lobby, UMass
• PANEL DISCUSSION •
Contemporary Glass Sculpture / Ancient Middle Eastern Luster Technique — A Conversation:
Katy Schimert, artist (New York); Linda Ross, glass artist (Boston); Hosseinali Saheb Ekhtiari, ceramicist (RISD); and Walter Denny, Professor of Art History and Islamic Art (UMass Amherst)
7:00–10:00 p.m., Hasbrouck Hall, UMass
• FILM SCREENINGS •
in collaboration with Professor Christopher Couch’s seminar “International Science Fiction Films”
(UMass Comparative Literature Dept. of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures)
— A Trip to the Moon (Voyage dans la Lune), 1902; French silent film by Georges Méliès; 18 min.
— 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, 1954; first science fiction film produced by Walt Disney Productions; 137 min.
Introductory remarks by Katy Schimert and Christopher Couch
Wednesday, March 265:00–7:00 p.m., University Museum of Contemporary Art
• OPENING RECEPTION •
6:00 p.m., University Museum of Contemporary Art
• ARTIST IN CONVERSATION •
with noted poet and art critic John Yau
Thursday, March 275:00–7:00 p.m., Fine Arts Center Lobby, UMass
• PANEL DISCUSSION •
“In the Octopus’s Garden” — A Conversation about Art, Science, and Science Fiction: with Katy Schimert, artist; Roger T. Hanlon, Director, Program in Sensory Physiology and Behavior, Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory, and Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Brown University; and N. C. Christopher Couch, Comparative Literature, Dept. of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, UMass