Kathryn Andrews (b. 1973, Mobile, Alabama) reveals the ways in which images and cultural symbols are, like other kinds of observable phenomena, rooted in the physical world. She does so by channeling the legacies of pop art on the one hand and minimalism on the other, often juxtaposing readymade and found objects (such as certified film props and licensed photographs) with fabricated, meticulously finished forms whose reflective surfaces call attention to the act of looking. In so doing, she examines latent power dynamics in acts of desire and consumption, and addresses the implied violence of dominant image histories from a feminist perspective, opening up new, more critically aware ways of seeing. Her work takes shape in a variety of media, including sculpture, large-scale printmaking, and performance; the viewer’s body is always an implied, and often direct, subject of her practice.
Andrews was the subject of the travelling solo exhibition Kathryn Andrews: Run for President at the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas (2016) and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago (2015). Other solo exhibitions include Field Station: Kathryn Andrews, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing (2017); Sunbathers I & II, High Line, New York (2016); Kathryn Andrews, TC: Temporary Contemporary, The Bass Museum of Art, Miami (2014); and Special Meat Occasional Drink, Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2013). Andrews lives and works in Los Angeles.
Lauren O'Neill Butler in conversation with Kathryn Andrews
Michael Ned Holte