Bio 

Kate Clark is a sculptor who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Her sculptures synthesize the human face and the body of wild animals, exploring the overlap that exists across our cultures, and within our histories.

Kate had her first solo exhibit at Claire Oliver Gallery in New York in 2008. Since then she has been included in solo and group museum exhibitions at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, The Islip Art Museum, and The Bellevue Arts Museum, the Mobile Museum of Art, MOFA: Florida State University, Cranbrook Art Museum, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, The Winnepeg Art Gallery, the Glenbow Museum, the Musée de la Halle Saint Pierre, Paris, The Art Gallery at Cleveland State University, the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, the Nevada Museum of Art The Newcomb Art Museum and the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University.

Her work is collected internationally and is in public collections such as the JP Morgan Chase Art Collection, the 21c Collection, the David Roberts Art Foundation in London, and the C-Collection in Switzerland. Clark attended Cornell University for her BFA and Cranbrook Academy of Art for her MFA and has been awarded fellowships from the Jentel Artists Residency in Wyoming, The Fine Arts Work Center Residency in Provincetown, MA., and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Studio Program in New York. Clark was nominated for a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and an American Academy of Arts and Letters award. Clark was awarded a grant from The Virginia Groot Foundation in 2013 and a New York Foundation For the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship Award in 2014.

Clark’s sculptures have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, New York Magazine, Art21:Blog, The Village Voice, PAPERmag, The Atlantic, NYArts, Huffington Post, Hi Fructose, the BBC World News Brazil, Hey! Magazine, Time Out, ID Paris, Cool Hunting, Wallpaper, VICE, Sculpture Review and many other publications. Kate’s work is the cover image for Art ltd. magazine, November/December 2014. Kate was filmed by National Geographic in her studio over a 2 month period for a short documentary about her work.

National Geographic Documentary on Kate Clark

Artist Statement

When encountering my sculptures, the viewer is faced with a lifelike fusion of human and animal that investigates which characteristics separate us within the animal kingdom, and more importantly, which unite us. The sculptures visually, emotionally and intellectually explore this overlap that exists across cultures, along histories, and within societies.

Our current lifestyle does not necessitate physical interaction with wild animals. Yet we revere the natural world and are seduced by characteristics we no longer see in ourselves, such as fierceness, instinctiveness, purity. I work with hide to create traditionally mounted animal bodies, utilizing the impetus for taxidermy: our endless curiosity to see animals, and our desire to celebrate their unique features.

The unexpectedness of the human face on these animals also evokes curiosity. They are obviously reconstructed yet they are not monstrous, they are approachable, natural, calm, innocent, dignified. The facial features are believable and the skin, which is the animal’s skin, has been shaved to reveal porous and oily features that we recognize as our own. The viewer has an intimate relationship with the face and then identifies with the animal, acknowledging the animalistic inheritance within the human condition.

Education
Cranbrook Academy of Art, MFA
Cornell University, BFA

Public Collections
The JP Morgan Chase Art Collection
The 21c Collection
The David Roberts Art Foundation, London
C-Collection, Principality of Liechtenstein

Residencies
The Marie Walsh Sharpe Studio Program, New York.
The Fine Arts Work Center Residency, Provincetown, MA
Jentel Artists Residency, Wyoming

Grants
Virginia Groot Foundation Award, 2013
New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Award, 2014

Nominations
Louis Comfort Tiffany Award
American Academy of Arts and Letters Award

Visiting Critic
Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
New York Academy of Art
University of Kentucky
Cranbrook Academy of Art

 

Exhibitions

2016
Kate Clark: Mysterious Presence” Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane, solo exhibition
“Dean Animals or The Curious Occurence of Taxidermy in Contemporary Art”, Davin Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University
“Something I Can Feel”, Volta NY, Curated by Derrick Adams

2015
Hybridity: The New Frontier” 21c Museum Hotel, Cincinatti and Louisville exhibitions
“Post Human Utopia”, The Lodge Gallery, NY
“Working Women: 36 Contemporary Women Artists”, Sawyer Fine Art Center, Colby-Sawyer College

2014
Kate Clark, Quentin Garel, AJ Fosik” Galerie LJ, Paris
Late Harvest ” Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV (commissioned sculpture)
“Contemporary Invitational at PAAM – Our Centennial Year”, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA
“In Sheep’s Clothing – Animals as Symbols in Contemporary Art”, curated by Dexter Wimberly, Gallery 220, Brooklyn, NY
Faux Sho’ ” Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY

2013
KIN” Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA
“THEY ARE US: Animal Identity and the Anthropomorphic Urge, Rick Wester Fine Art, New York, NY
“HEY! modern art & pop culture / Part II”, Halle Saint Pierre Museum, Paris, France
“Body as Landscape”, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY
“Miami Project ” Art Fair booth in Miami, FL with Muriel Guepin Gallery, New York, NY
“Die Wunderkammer” , The Lodge Gallery, New York, NY
“Animatopoeia: A Most Peculiar (Post Modern) Bestiary” The Art Gallery at Cleveland State University
“Speakers”, 111 Front Street Galleries, Brooklyn, NY

2012 
“Fairy Tales, Monsters, and the Genetic Imagination,” Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN
traveling to:
Winnepeg Art Gallery (June – Sept, 2012)
Glenbow Museum (Sept 2012- Jan 2013)
“The Sum Of Their Parts” SICA, Asbury Park, NJ

2011 
“No Object is an Island,” Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI
“Cute & Creepy,” Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
“In Rare Form,” Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY

2010 
“Kate Clark: Give and Take,” Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL (solo exhibition)

2009 
“Pretty Tough: Contemporary Storytelling,” Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT
“UberPortrait,” Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA
“Art Miami,” Claire Oliver Gallery
“NEXT Chicago,” Claire Oliver Gallery

2008
“Kate Clark: Perfect Strangers,” Claire Oliver Gallery, New York, NY  (solo exhibition)
“I Dream of Genomes,” Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY
“New, Next, Now,” Claire Oliver Gallery, New York, NY

2007 
“Kate Clark, Hudson D. Walker Gallery”, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA (solo exhibition)
“Posing,” Abrons Art Center, Henry Street Settlement, New York, NY
“MetaMajesty,” Chashama, New York, NY
“SCOPE Miami,” 33 Bond Gallery
“Our Dark Heroes,” Secret Project Robot, Brooklyn, NY
“Why Look at Animals?” Artspace, New Haven, CT
“Fine Arts Work Center Fellows Exhibit,” Provincetown Art Museum, Provincetown, MA
“Art 364B: The Collective,” Kimmel Center Windows, New York University, New York, NY
“SCOPE Hamptons,” Jack the Pelican Presents

2006
“MAD COW: Absurdity and Anxiety in Contemporary Culture,” NURTUREart Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“Allergy,” Gallery Velvet, Seoul, Korea
“Fellows and Jurors,” Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, MA
“SCOPE New York,” Jack the Pelican Presents

2005 
“Project Diversity,” Tabla Rasa Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation

Bibliography

2015
Muffson, Beckett, “Meet the Artist Putting Human Faces on Taxidermied Animals” The Creators Project/VICE
Endter, Heike “Utopische Tiere”, Kunst and Kirche magazine
Rosseau, Elois and Protais, Johann, “L’Art des Monstres” Editions Palette
Carpenter, Kim, “Kate Clark: Animal Impulses” Sculpture Review
Rankine, Claudia “Citizen, An American Lyric” Image included in book

2014
Cover image, art ltd. magazine,  November/December issue
Gardner, Ralph, “Mixing Taxidermy and Art” The Wall Street Journal (December)
Voon, Claire, “Women Are Dominating the Rogue Taxidermy Scene” VICE,  (October)
Late Harvest, (cover image) museum catalog, Hirmer Publishers
Marbury, Robert, “Taxidermy Art: A Rogue’s Guide to the Work, the Culture, And How to Do It Yourself”

2013
Graver, David, “Miami Art Week: Beasts and Birds”, Cool Hunting, (December)
“Stylist’s eye: Michael Reynolds’ photo Diary of Design Miami and Art Basel Miami Beach”, Wallpaper (December)
Martin, Vanessa, “The Miami Project Preview: Jemima Kirke, Obama, and Seven More Things Not to Miss” Miami NewTimes,  (December)
Diao, Camille, “Hey! Part II @ Paris”, Nova Planet, (January)
Thierry Leroux, “A la Halle Saint Pierre, on tranche dans l’art”, ID Paris, (February)
Browning, Frank, “Hey! Wow! American Outsiders” Make it in Paris, Huffington Post, (February)
“Paris, Capital Pop”, Paris Match, (February)
Musees & Expos,  Actualite, Arts Magazine, Paris (February)
Peeking Inside “Die Wunderkammer”, the inaugural Exhibition at The Lodge, Boulin ARTINFO (March)
The Lodge gallery Opens with Group Show, Die Wunderkammer , THE LO-DOWN (March)
“Manimal Sculptures By Kate Clark” Juxtapose, (March)
Peyarard, Sophie, “Hey!”, ou l’art de la marge”, A Nous Paris (March)
Garandet, Dominique,  “L’art Singulier Dans Tous Ses Etats”, La Montagne, (April)
“Hey! Modern Art and Pop Culture, 2e edition, Top 50 Things To Do In Paris”, TimeOut, Paris

2012
Hey! Magazine #11, cover image and “Kate Clark” feature (September).

2011
Davenne, Christine, Cabinets de Curiosites,  Editions de La Martiniere
La Gorce, Tammy. “Art Institute Moves to the Fast Track,” The New York Times, (December).
Costa, Camilla. “Kate Clark, Artista Esculpe Rostos Humanos em Animais Empalhados,” BBC Brazil (April 27).
Van Dijk, Vivian. “Artist Kate Clark, Exploring the Margins Between Reality and Mythical Realms,” Eyes In Magazine (January).
Galperina, Marina, “12 Contemporary Taxidermy Artists Who Aren’t Damien Hirst” Flavorwire (April)

2010
Sullivan, Andrew. “Daily Dish Blog: Face of the Day,” The Atlantic (January 24).
“The Modern Fablers,” NYArts Magazine (Winter).
Albino, Rosa Maria. “Amabili Chimere,” BANGART (July-August).

2009
Peers, Alexandra. “Art Basel: The Works That Sold—And Sparked Conversation,” New York Magazine (December).
Genocchio, Ben. “Amazing Stories: Emotionally Charged Narrative in Pictures,” The New York Times (Sept).

2008
Barmeyer, Mary Logan. “This Week in Art Openings: Kate Clark, Pipilotti Rist and Drawing Review,” PAPERMAG (November).
Pak, Eudie. “Heterogenious,” The Village Voice (July).
The Art News Paper, International Edition # 187.
Genocchio, Ben. “Into the Region, Looking Into the World of Genomes and Seeing an Unreliable Future,” The New York Times (March).
Kerr, Merrily. “Perfect Strangers –Man or Beast?,” Art21:Blog (December).
Criara, Silvia. “Ai Confini della Realta,” Arte Mondadori (October).
Reiger, Christopher. “Kate Clark,” NYArts Magazine (January/February).

2007
Kalm, James. “Brooklyn Dispatches,” The Brooklyn Rail (March).
Wheelock, David. “Animals’ Exhibit Startles, Subverts,” Yale Daily News (February).
Birke, Judy. “Animal Magnetism,” New Haven Register (March).
Lewis, Jacqueline. “ Kate Clark,” Chief Magazine (Issue 11).

2005
Epiphany, A literary journal, (Cover Image)

2002
Cohen Guten, Keri. “DAM Looks Forward and Back,” Detroit Free Press (September).
Cohen Guten, Keri. “Dealers Recommend the Edgy, Innovative,” Detroit Free Press (May).