kiki gaffney

 

RESUME

Solo Exhibitions

2015          Solo Exhibition, Susan Maasch Fine Art, Portland, ME

2014          Solo Exhibition, Susan Maasch Fine Art, Portland, ME          

2011          Object and Ornament, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2008          Components, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.

2007          Observations, Julie Nester Gallery, Park City, UT.

2005          Point of View, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.

2004                    Pentimenti Gallery (Annex Gallery), Philadelphia, PA.

2003                    ArtForms Gallery Manayunk, Philadelphia, PA.

2000                    ArtForms Gallery Manayunk, Philadelphia, PA.

1998                    ArtForms Gallery Manayunk, Philadelphia, PA.

 

Group Exhibitions

2016          Summer Flash, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

                  Woodmere Annual 75th Juried Exhibition – The Condition of Place, curated by Odili Donald Odita, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

                  Abington Art Center Annual Juried Show, curated by Leah Modigliani, Assistant Professor and Program Head of Visual Studies at Tyler School of Art

2015          Summer Currents, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelpha, PA

2014          Within the Foreground – Works from the MFA Studio alumni, faculty, mentors and students, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2014          Outside In, K Imperial Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

2014           Sights for When The Sun Arrives, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2014          Art Market San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

2013          Eight Women Abstract Artists 8x8, Susan Maasch Fine Art, Portland, ME

2013          The Women, Part II, Peter Marcelle Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY

2012          Centennial Juried Exhibition, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE, curated by John B. Ravenal, the Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern andContemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

                  20 in 2012 vision, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2011          2011 Immaculata University Art Show, Immaculata, PA

2010          Paper, Julie Nester Gallery, Park City, UT.

                  AAF Contemporary Art Fair, New York City.

2009          Globe Dye Works: Layers, Globe Dye Works, Philadelphia, PA.

                   Botanicals – Artist Interpretations, Christys Art Center, Sag Harbor, NY.

2008          Moving Pictures, Julie Nester Gallery, Park City, UT.

2006          Bridge Art Fair, Miami, FL.

                   Art 212 Contemporary Art Fair, New York City.

                  2006 AAF Contemporary Art Fair, New York City.

                  Take Out, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.

2005          SuMFA 10, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA. Curated by Robert Storr and Elaine Reichek.

2005          Group Show, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.

                  2005 AAF Contemporary Art Fair, New York City.

2004         2004 AAF Contemporary Art Fair, New York City.

2002          Reflect and Respond Traveling Group Show, Burlington County College, Mt. Laurel, NJ.

                   Reflect and Respond Traveling Group Show, Krasdale Gallery, New York, NY.

2001           Reflect and Respond Traveling Group Show, ArtForms Gallery Manayunk, Philadelphia, PA.

1999           Group Show, Snyderman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.

                   Summer MFA Thesis Exhibition, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA.

                   Tenth National Juried Exhibition, Viridian Artists, Inc., New York, NY, Curated by Susan Harris, Whitney Museum of American Art.

                    National Juried Exhibition, ArtForms Gallery Manayunk, Philadelphia, PA, Curated by Ivan Karp, OK Harris Gallery, New York, NY.

                    Annual Juried Exhibition, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA, Curated by Ruth and Rick Synderman of Synderman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.

                    Group Show, Marion Art Center, Marion, MA.

                    Group Show, The Pie, Philadelphia, PA.

1997             Head to Toe, ArtForms Gallery Manayunk, Philadelphia PA.

                     Philadelphia-New York, An Artistic Connection, Long Beach Island Foundation for the Arts and Sciences, Loveladies, NJ.

                     Miriam Shapiro and Us, ArtForms Gallery Manayunk, Philadelphia, PA.

1996             Just Desserts, ArtForms Gallery Manayunk, Philadelphia, PA.

                     Philadelphia Sketch Club 133rd Annual Exhibition of Small Oil Paintings, Philadelphia, PA.

 

Grants and Residency Programs

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA, June 2016.

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA, June 2014.

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA, June 2012.

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA, April 2010.

 

Corporate Collections

Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Iroko Pharmaceuticals, LLC

Sonoma State University

 

Bibliography (*denotes review)

Natalie McDonald, 10 Female Artists You Need to Know, Philly Voice, April 13, 2015.

*Nick Schroeder, What the light reveals, The Portland Phoenix, July 31, 2014.

Outside/In, Wall Street International, July 18, 2014.

*Newhall, Edith. Personal memories echo in her work, The Philadelphia Inquirer Weekend, January 20, 2006.

Art Matters Happenings, Art Matters, January 2006.

*Strauss, R.B. Art Scene…Adios, 2005! Weekly Press, December 7, 2005.

Point of View and Black and Silver: Unfinished Drawings, Home and Design (The Philadelphia Inquirer), November/December 2005.

*Fallon, Robert and Rosof, Libby, Pentimenti of City Walls, Robert Fallon and Libby Rosof’s artblog, Tuesday, April 27, 2004.

*Bers, Nan S., Manayunk’s ArtForms Gallery Invaded by Local Artists, Times Chronicle, April 8, 1998.

Sozanski, Edward J., Uniting Gestures of Homage and Friendship, The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 26, 1997.

 

Education

1995 – 1999          University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, Masters of Fine Arts in Painting.

1992                      Institute for American Universities and Marchutz School of Painting, Aix-en-Provence, France. Studies in French Literature, Art and Art History.

1989 – 1993          Loyola College, Baltimore, MD, Bachelors of Arts in Studio Arts.

 

STATEMENT

Over the last few years, my interest has centered around the organic and natural patterns found in nature – ranging from the veins of a leaf, to the shape of a honeycomb to the energetic arrangement of birds in flight – and how these patterns consciously or unconsciously re-emerge in our ‘created’ world, whether in a wallpaper design, a street grid, or architecturally. I am drawn to the symmetry and sequence in these designs because in some way, they reflect the stability we look for in our lives. There is a visual organization– extracting organic forms and constructing them in a way that offers pleasure, instruction or direction. Natural and organic formations inform and inspire designs within our society, whether functional or decorative. There is an expressed energy inherent, yet this often gets lost because patterns, ornamental and otherwise, are so ingrained in our culture that we often no longer notice them. My work aims to highlight this connection to nature, as a way to offer space for reflection, or just a way to pause, look and momentarily excuse ourselves from this fast-paced and plugged in world. I juxtapose animate shapes with design elements to explore the direct relationship between our natural and ‘created’ environments, the analytical and sequential accuracy, and order in the mark making. I want to highlight the beauty of configuration and decoration - what may often be looked upon as mundane – to ultimately create space for contemplation.