Kathryn Andrews (b. 1973, Mobile, Alabama) channels the legacies of both pop art and minimalism, often juxtaposing readymades and found imagery (such as certified film props and licensed photographs) with fabricated, meticulously finished forms. The reflective surfaces of Andrews’s work call attention to the act of looking and reveal the ways in which images and cultural symbols are rooted in the physical world. Through such combinations, she examines latent power dynamics in acts of desire and consumption, and addresses the implied violence of dominant image histories from a feminist perspective to open 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 recently the subject of a solo installation at the DePaul Art Museum, Chicago (2020). Other solo exhibitions include Field Station: Kathryn Andrews, MSU Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing (2017); Sunbathers I & II, High Line, New York (2016); Kathryn Andrews: Run for President at the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas (2016), the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2015), Kathryn Andrews, TC: Temporary Contemporary, Bass Museum of Art, Miami (2014); and Special Meat Occasional Drink, Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2013). Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including Tense Conditions, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Germany (2021); Graphic Pull: Contemporary Prints from the Collection, Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, North Carolina (2020–2021); In Production: Art and the Studio System, Yuz Museum, Shanghai (2020); Graphic Pull: Contemporary Prints from the Collection, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Chapel Hill (2020); Good Dreams, Bad Dreams: American Mythologies, Aïshti Foundation, Beirut (2016); NO MAN’S LAND: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, Rubell Family Collection, Miami (2015); The Los Angeles Project, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2014); and Made in L.A. 2012, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Andrews lives and works in Los Angeles.