Varieties of Denial

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Katie Kahn, Terri Kapsalis


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A.I.R. Gallery | 111 Front Street, #228

Brief reading with Terri Kapsalis at 7:30pm

A.I.R. Gallery is pleased to present Varieties of Denial, an exhibition of new work by artist Katie Kahn and writer Terri Kapsalis. Varieties of Denial pairs Kahn's drawings on New York Times', "Science Times," cover pages with serigraph prints of Kapsalis' texts, which were made using the same "Science Times" pages as source material for her short fictions. This is not a collaboration in the traditional sense of agreements, negotiations, or consensus in the creation of a single, joint work. Rather, Kahn and Kapsalis worked independently and agreed not to share work until each piece was finished. Enlisting pens, gouache, correction fluid and tape, Kahn used simple materials and techniques – sorting, connecting, noticing, divining, revealing, improvising. Kapsalis transformed the page into a lexicon - circling, reordering, cutting up, recognizing, adding, repurposing. After the work was done, Kahn and Kapsalis would bring text and drawing together to witness the collaboration emerge. Perhaps, in this sense, this project is more of a corroboration.

The eight pairings featured in this exhibition are drawn from over two dozen. Even though they are made independently, the drawings and texts in Varieties of Denial are remarkably interdependent. Each pairing has a charged alchemy. As it turns out, these aleatory duets of image and text have something urgent to impart about both “science” and “time.”

Katie Kahn has had solo exhibitions in Chicago, Houston, and New York. She received her MFA from Yale University and is a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist grant. Kahn is currently Associate Professor in the School of Art at Northern Illinois University. Terri Kapsalis' most recent book is Jane Addams' Travel Medicine Kit. Kapsalis is a founding member of Theater Oobleck, works as a health educator at Chicago Women’s Health Center, and is chair of Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.