We live in an age of unprecedented human agency in terms of our ability to shape our surroundings, to produce tools to support our needs and desires, and to communicate with each other across vast distances. Drawing on the tradition of landscape painting and the sublime, Katie Shima’s work reflects a new kind of landscape for this new Anthropocene epoch.
These landscapes are complex and intricate, blurring the boundary between the organic and the mechanical, the hand and the machine. The overall composition one perceives at first glance gives way to increasing layers of overwhelming detail upon closer examination. Shima uses contemporary digital fabrication tools such as the laser cutter and CNC router to extend traditional weaving, painting, and drafting techniques, pushing their accuracy and detail to the limit of human perception. Looking at these pieces, there is a sense that there are yet more layers, more beyond the frame, a vast and complex network that we cannot see or understand. They are obsessive, betraying a sense of anxiety at the vastness and complexity of the problems we face in this world, at the darker side of the technological sublime.
Katie is a Brooklyn-based artist and registered architect with a B.A. and M.Arch from Columbia University. She is a founding member of the Loud Objects, along with Tristan Perich and Kunal Gupta. View Katie’s LinkedIn profile here, or contact her for her current CV.
Selected past exhibitions:
All Mad Here: super(un)natural, 2016, New York, NY
Trestle Gallery: Introductions, 2016, Brooklyn, NY
Something In Mind: Living Machines, 2014 New York, NY
George Walter Vincent Art Museum, 2014, Springfield, MA
Rush Arts Gallery: CurateNYC Top 150, 2013 New York, NY
Mighty Tanaka Gallery: The Devil in the Details, 2013 Brooklyn, NY
Lockwood Matthews Mansion Museum, 2013 Norwalk, CT
Bridge Gallery: Katie Shima & Amanda Burnham, 2013 New York, NY
Devotion Gallery: Living Machines, 2012 Brooklyn, NY
Works and Days Quarterly spring 2013
Praxis spring 2014
Ace Hotel, 2014, New York, NY
Det Jyske Kunstakademie with the Loud Objects, 2012, Aarhus, Denmark
Clocktower Gallery with the Loud Objects, 2010, New York, NY