Redwood City Improvement Association Invests in Art Kiosk Installation in Downtown’s Courthouse Square
-RCIA has partnered with Fung Collaboratives to create an artistic place for local artists to display their work in the community for all to enjoy-
The Art Kiosk aims to bring thought-provoking Installation Art to Redwood City, CA and the Bay Area through ten, month-long exhibitions, throughout 2019. Artists from the region and around the world have been invited to realize their ambitious site-specific commissions – often with the assistance of local volunteers, artists and vendors. Each artist has researched the City and its history and people to conceive their new temporary installation so that each exhibition is meaningful and relevant to the viewers. The initiative was conceived and curated by Lance Fung. Donated project management of the exhibition series is provided by Fung Collaboratives.
The Redwood City Improvement Association funded the initiative for 2019 through their generous grant program. Redwood City acts as the logistical partner and it’s Civic Cultural Commission awarded the project a seed grant to support collateral educational projects for participating artists in Redwood City.
For more information, schedule of upcoming exhibitions, artist talks, and all other events please visit www.fungcollaboratives.org.
April 2019 Art Installation
Curated by Lance M. Fung
April 13-May 12, 2019
Free public opening reception: Saturday, April 13th, 4 PM
About the installation
Long View by New York City painter/sculptor Katharine Umsted will be her first solo exhibition on the West Coast consisting of four large collage paintings. Each painting is approximately 6 x 8 feet and in tandem creates a flowing river through the exhibition chamber. Umsted was excited with the invitation to show in the ART KIOSK because of the challenge to create her first installation through her commitment to painting. Other site-specific artworks such as Two Rings (2001) for the Going Home exhibition at the famed Edward Hopper House allowed the artist to merge her vast Contemporary Art History knowledge and personal interests with gardening to create her first earthwork. However, her first visit to Redwood City in 2011 reminded Umsted of the amazing quality of light and changing landscapes that she wanted to explore for this new commission.
Inspired by the city itself, Long View represents Redwood City’s ever-evolving sightlines as well as its commitment to preserving the nature that surrounds the City all while maintaining a balance of serving the community through a robust series of activities that allows everyone to experience light and nature. As a naturalist herself, Umsted follows the light as she does her heart which led her to the creation of an amazing body of work that is authentic, sincere, and genuine.
“I first came across Umsted’s work in the late ’90s and was taken aback by her sheer talent as a painter and her risk-taking with materials. It seemed that the artist’s goal was not to make the prettiest painting but rather a profound experience for the viewer and the artist herself. It is with the perceived sense of dedication that the true beauty is exposed.” Lance M. Fung
About the Artist
Katharine Umsted received her B.A. from the College of Charleston and her M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts, NYC in 1989. She divides her time between her Manhattan studio and upstate retreat in the artist mecca of Hudson Valley. Umsted recently received a prestigious Pollock Krasner Grant in 2018 and has been a resident at the Vermont Studio Center.
As a full-time studio artist, Umsted has had exhibitions up and down the East Coast with Long View in the Art Kiosk being her first show on the West Coast. Her solo exhibition in 2016 in the respected Galerie Tanja Grunert located in the Chelsea Gallery District of Manhattan received much attention as well as her many other exhibitions in commercial and non-commercial venues.
Trained as a fine art painter, Umsted challenges the traditions of painting by breaking all of the rules with her adventurous and thought-provoking artwork. In addition to the tradition of painting on canvas, Umsted utilizes an array of materials to paint with and upon. She is not limited by the conventions of craft or Art Market and is why she was selected to create a new site-specific installation for Redwood City.