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Catalogue of works by Catharine Newell shown at Ken Saunders Gallery for her 2012 show, Confabulation.

Text of Catharine Newell

  • Published by Ken Saunders Gallery

    230 West Superior StreetChicago, IL 60654

    2012 Ken Saunders GalleryAll Rights Reserved

    Printed and Bound in the United States of America

    2 4 6 8 10 9 7 5 3 1 First Edition May 2012

    Design: Deborah KraftPhotography: Dan KvitkaISBN 978-0-9834519-8-3

  • Published on the occasion of the exhibitionCatharine Newell: Confabulation

    June 1 - July 7, 2012

  • 7In a quest to imbue her fused glass objects with meaning Catharine Newell works pictorially com-bining photographic processes with her object making. The results are sculptural in the sense that the objects she creates have weight and mass that sets them explicitly apart from works on paper. But the works are also distinctly graphic, relying primarily on image to convey meaning while the object is somewhat reduced to acting as a support upon which the artwork rests.

    In her work Catharine Newell explores notions of perception and memory. The photographic im-ages are suggestive of character and narrative. The juxtaposition of disparate and related images in single works further heightens this suggestion.

    These works are exciting because they are so full of suggestion and yet ultimately meaning is elu-sive, thoroughly dependent on the perceptions of the viewer.

    Ken Saunders

  • Presence of Absence: Louisiana IV201240 x 12 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches

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  • e tend to assume that we are the product of our past,informed and bound bypersonal history and attendant memory.

    It seems more logical to presumethat we exist only in the presentwithin the malleability of original consciousness;that we are composed ofperceptions held in the presentof things we erroneously believewe have assigned to the past.

    Catharine Newell


  • Confabulation XI201241 1/8 x 8 3/8 x 1 1/2 inches

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  • Confabulation XII201261 1/4 x 5 7/8 x 1 1/2 inches

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  • Presence of Absence: Louisiana III2012 26 x 16 1/4 x 1/2 inches

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    Confabulation XIII201262 3/4 x 10 1 /4 x 1 1/2 inches

  • 5 Seconds with OP20066 x 7 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches each

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    Confabulation X201241 5/8 x 8 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches

  • Catharine Newell, recognized for her distinctive figurative work using glass powders, exhibits

    her unique approach to kiln working internationally. Recent exhibitions include Collect at

    Saatchi Gallery in London, Art Chicago and SOFA Santa Fe and Chicago. An ardent educator,

    Newells teaching history includes Master classes at Pilchuck Glass School, North Lands Glass

    and Corning, as well as venues across Europe and the UK, Australia, China, and Norway.

    Juried four times into Corning Museums New Glass Review, her work has been acquired

    for the permanent collections of Swedish Hospital, Hotel Murano, Bullseye Glass Company,

    Hunter Museum of American Art, University of Miami Lowe Museum and Tsighua University

    Museum in Beijing. Newell maintains a private studio in Portland, Oregon.

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