Video slideshow of Kathryn Hart's "New Dawn" solo presentation with the European Cultural Centre's 'Personal Structures - Identities' event, 58th Venice Biennale. Palazzo Mora, May 9-Nov 24, 2019. Slideshow includes Reception photos.
Photos courtesy of the artist
Kathryn Hart presents NEW DAWN, a solo exhibition at Palazzo Mora during the 58th Venice Biennale. At the invitation of the European Cultural Centre and the GAA Foundation, Kathryn Hart (USA) will exhibit NEW DAWN as part of PERSONAL STRUCTURES – IDENTITIES, an official event of the 2019 Venice Biennale.
Hart’s, NEW DAWN, a site-specific exhibition of sculpture and photography, reflects on the simultaneous organic processes of regeneration and degradation and questions if there is a point of homeostasis. Each sculpture sways towards either becoming or eroding. Expand or contract, develop, remake or become anew individually or collectively prompted by internal impulse, not external constraint. Sculpture boundaries are like membranes, permeable to light, air, space, energy, emotion, and idea. The wire and fiberglass sculptures concurrently glisten with an embryonic presence and molt their skins. Cast shadows of line and shape creep along curved surfaces. In the abstract photographs, found deer bones reveal transformation after long term exposure to the natural elements. They become translucent to light and full of graceful energy. Symbols of decay alter into pictures of rebirth. Both the sculptures and photography are reflections of the natural cycle and unique moments. Microcosm mirrors macrocosm.
Hart’s installation is in symbiosis with the unique, undulating, organic nature of the space in the third floor of the Palazzo Mora, a noble palazzo dating back to the 16th century. The lines of wires and shadows both enhance and contrast the arcs of the walls and ceilings. Recently restored, the third floor is renewed yet maintains its original character and identity. The artworks and their environment are viewed as a whole.