NELLY KATE — STUDIO ARTIST

Transdisciplinary practice centering sound and access.


CONTENTS


01 The Difference

02 nowisthe
03 Nevermind
04 FutureFluid

05 [Untitled] 6 Cylinders

06 I Hear You, But I Can’t Hear You


STATEMENT

My work is about our perception of place, as shaped by personal history, the built environment, and sound. Through installations and itinerant walks, I explore expanding time, breaking and remaking meaning, and cultivating ecstatic magic.

I express the confounding nature of my own deafness by transforming space to generate sensations in and around the body. Audible and inaudible tones are manifest as vibrations and translations for hearing and Deaf audiences via interactive sculptures, speaker + screen arrays, videos, and ambient loops.

In order to make the symbols in my work logically accessible, I often print patterned and coded visual companions for these sonic experiences. I am exploring the ways in which refusal of canonical psychogeography, and psychoacoustics might lead to an alt-horizon. I employ lo-fi mechanisms, such as A/V cassette recordings, radio frequencies, Xerox collages, stop-motion animations, and electronic synthesizers. These tactile materials illuminate the terrestrial and electromagnetic phenomena which our bodies sense but cannot readily name.


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NELLY KATE
Detroit, MI

EDUCATION

2021 CRANBROOK ACADEMY OF ART — MFA Print Media. Bloomfield Hills, MI.
2008 UMBAU SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE — Open Studio. Staunton, VA.
2006 JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY — BA English. Harrisonburg, VA.

2022
Detroit Artist Market. Third Spaces of the Anthropocene. Detroit, MI.

2021
Art Mile. Blueprint Residency & RF Curatorial. Detroit, MI.
Cranbrook Art Museum. Graduate Degree Exhibition. Bloomfield Hills, MI.
Carr Center. With All Our Might. The Difference & Cylinder Stools. Detroit, MI.
Forum Gallery. Candles & Mirrors. Halftone Deuces, collaboration with Doug Jones. Bloomfield Hills, MI. 
Frank Lloyd Wright Smith House—Speculative Histories. Mamah Tried. Bloomfield Hills, MI.
Wayne State University. Time Studio. Artist talk. Detroit, MI.
Forum Gallery. Fools. Print Media Department. Bloomfield Hills, MI
Department Assistant — Visiting Artist & Tech. Cranbrook Academy of Art. Bloomfield Hills, MI.

2020
Image Text Ithaca. Falling Through Maps, Emmy Catedral. Virtual via Ithaca, NY.
Anderson Ranch. Repeat Pattern, Padma Rajendran. Scholarship recipient. Virtual via Aspen, CO.
Farm Residency. Laurens, NY.
Popp’s Packing. TipsTalk Exhibit. Hamtramck, MI.
Blueprint Residency. Chicago, IL.

2019
International Journal of Arts Education. On the Hex: A Road Map for Experiential Oral Histories. Common Ground Research Networks.
Belk. Production designer. Charlotte, NC.
Farm Residency. Laurens, NY.
University of Richmond. Graduate Education Speaking Series: Finding Strengths through Learning Stories. Richmond, VA.
University of Richmond. Sound Education Workshop with Lonnie Battle, Josh Malerman, Thomas Brownell, and Aijung Kim. Richmond, VA.

2018
Time Camp 002. Anti-Planning and the Ecstasy of the Hour. Workshop + performance. Charlotte, NC.
Goodyear Arts Residency. R&D residency; unrestricted stipend and large studio space. Charlotte, NC.
Treefort Fest. Tour with C.J. Boyd.
  • Treefort Fest. Boise Contemporary Theater. Boise, ID.
  • Andy's House. LaGrande, OR.
  • The Bayou. Moscow, ID. 
  • Hollow Earth Radio. Seattle, WA.

2017
Selective Listening. 4 analog tape compositions emulated + arranged live in quad; vocals performed through a pair of walkie talkies, with spoken word selections from Elizabeth Bishop's, 'One Art.' Black Iris Gallery, Richmond, VA.
Portland Art Museum. Talk at Museum Next Conference. Portland, OR.
American University of Paris. Sparking New Conversations Workshop. Arts in Society Conference. Paris, France.

2016
Farfields Fellowship. 7 site itinerant sonic walk. 3-month fellowship (funding, room + board). Farfields Farm, Afton, VA.
Infranatural. Live score for Leslie Rogers, Katherine Helen Fischer, and Emmy Bright. The Cave, Detroit, MI.

2015
'merikan Merkintile. Month-long performance tour with Leslie Rogers.
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. Detroit, MA.
  • Trumbull Plex Collective — Detroit, MA
  • Mattress Factory — Pittsburgh, PA 
  • 186 Carpenter—Providence, RI
  • Over the Eight—Brooklyn, NY
  • P/H/A/O/N—Brooklyn, NY 
  • Magic Pictures—Philadelphia, PA
  • Reverb Collective—Baltimore, MD
  • Strange Matter—Richmond, VA
  • Miami Music Club—Miami, FL
  • Nothing Arts Center—Sarasota, FL
  • Tiny Town—Tuscon, AZ
  • DA Center for the Arts—Pomona, CA
  • Adams & Ollman—Portland, OR

Woodshedding : Self-released cassette, engineered by Brent Delventhal.
Concrete Poem Series : Screenprinted poster series, curated by Derek Beaulieu.
Carver [ON] Record : Teaching / visiting-artist residency at Chesterfield Community High School culminated in 4-part interactive sound + video installation along with extensive collection of audio-recordings. Grant from Partners in the Arts [University of Richmond]. Richmond, VA.

2014
Poppy II. 48 x 48" painting. Commissioned by Marcus Andersson. Richmond, VA.
Studio Two Three. Artist-in-residency. Richmond, VA.
TEDx. Screening of 37° 32' 15.9066", -77° 25' 33.6". Richmond, VA.
American University. Visiting artist, 3 lectures. Washington, D.C.

2013
Then They Were Jumping. Score for film by Jordan Bruner. Commissioned by Eve Ensler.
Low Frequency Travel Agency. Solo show. 6 site interactive itinerant sonic walk. Black Iris Gallery, Richmond, VA. Curated by Benjamin Thorp.
Black Iris Gallery. Artist-in-resident.
10⁻1 100101. 23 illustrations. Quirk Gallery, Richmond, VA. Curated by Mary Fleming.
Studio Two Three. Artist-in-resident.
Poppies. Series of 6 watercolor / line drawings. Commissioned by Kate O’Hagan.
GeNDeRS. A/V performance with Michele Seippel. Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA.
Brooklyn Open Studios. Live performance. Brooklyn, NY.
GRTC Street Art Steamrolled Map. Mentor / Consult. Studio Two Three, Richmond, VA.
Haggle. 6-channel sound installation w/ Brent Delventhal. Anderson Gallery + Black Iris, Richmond, VA. Commissioned by Leslie Rogers.
Topographic Pockets. Panelist at The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, Charlottesville, VA.
American University. Visiting Artist, 3 lectures. Washington, D.C.
Virginia Commonwealth University. Visiting Artist. Richmond, VA.
Interstitial Spaces : Places of Danger, Places of Victory. Lecture for American Institute of Architects forum. Storefront for Community Design, Richmond, VA.

2012
ISH ISH. Short run vinyl release, with 50 illustrations [22 x 22"]. Opening exhibit at Gallery 5, Richmond, VA.  
ISH ISH. Cassette release by Obsolete Media Objects.
Interstitial Transduction. Interactive A/V install collaboration with Dave Watkins. Awarded ‘People’s Choice.’ InLight. 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA. Curated by Melissa Ho.  
1708 Gallery. Monster Drawing Rally. Skyward. 2 illustrations [48 x 48"]. Richmond, VA.

2011
Sleeping Moon. Stop-motion animation music video. Commissioned by Wes Swing.
Quirk Gallery. Supersketch. Cameras. 5 illustrations [5 x 5"]. Richmond, VA.
1708 Gallery. Monster Drawing Rally. Bicycles, 3 illustrations [5 x 5"]. Richmond, VA.
Aux Send. Live video performance + EP release.

2010
Helene E. Berman Archive. Commissioned by Laurie Berman. Staunton, VA.
All of the Afters. Sound recording.

2009
The Forest, the Town, and the Bay. Short film. Commissioned by FreemanWhite Architects.
Spectrum Studios. UN Series & In Lieu. 10 illustrations & A/V installation. Staunton, VA. Curated by Mary Catherine Richardson + George Peterson.
The Circles We Dream. Sound recording.
However It Evolves. Self-published zine of story, illustrations, and music.

2008
Shared Identity. 50-pg. report created with Jarrod West and Nazif Hasanbegovic. Grant from the Trust for Mutual Understanding. Sarajevo and Travnik, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Design Philadelphia. Philly Heart Design. Sestina. Visual poem of illustrations. Curated by Alexandra Schmidt-Ullrich. The Rotunda of UPenn, Philadelphia, PA.
Megawords Storefront. Umbau Manifesto 50 & Cultural Identity in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Series of 50 poster designs and video installation. Curated by Megawords Magazine. Philadelphia, PA.
Kigali, Rwanda. Proposed hybrid school to Minister of Education, representing Umbau School of Architecture (Staunton, VA) + KAOSPilot (Århus, Denmark). Private endowment.
The Week Matt Stayed EP. Sound recording.

2007
Cross-Pollinated. Mobile film projection collaboration with students from Washington Alexandria Architectural Center. Washington, DC.
Charrette 5. Curator. 15-artists responded to the number five. One night installation. Staunton, VA.
• When We Meet. [5 x 5’ acrylic]
• As We Made [video installation]
• Floppied [series of stencils]. 
It’s 5. Sound recording + hand-painted covers.

2006
Mysterious Ways. Sound recording, booklet, poster, and trading cards design with Matt Gauck.