Katie Caron and Tobias Fike
Right before I left on multiple trips in June I’d met with Katie Caron at Redline Denver for a studio visit. We spent our time looking at and discussing her hundreds of collaborative process drawings that abstractly map out her constantly shifting relationship with her daughter. Caron was preparing for the exhibition, Theory Loves Practice & Interrupted Process, that is currently on view at the Center for Visual Art. Caron eventually mounted the small-scale drawings onto slabs of wood which were then installed in dense yet chaotic pattern both high and low. The installation highlights the physicality, spontaneity and ideas between structure and non-structure contained within the individual works.
I’d been sitting on and thinking about this studio visit but, after viewing Tobias Fike’s mixed-media installation, For what you have tamed at David B. Smith’s Gallery, I just had to come back to the layered meanings that could be held within this act of collaboration.
Caron and Fike are interdisciplinary artists who are currently inundated with the high energy demands of parenthood. The daily grind isn’t just seeping in undetected in these artist’s works. Caron and Fike are both pushing into a taboo subject (both in business and the arts). Incorporating the daily into her/his own variable process each is circling unusual subject matter with sensual bodies of work. A huge part of the success of each of these pieces was the incorporation of body/scale relationship into the use of space, whether limited to a wall or 3-D.
We’ve entered an interesting time. These young artists are really trying to have it all. (Personally, I hope they succeed.) AND- I can’t ever remember seeing two exhibitions in one town where two high profile artists (both male and female) deal with issues of parenting and familial relationships.
Denver artists have benefitted from culture leaders (and risk takers) Elissa Auther, co-director Gillian Silverman and Chief Animator, Adam Lerner who actively engage and support related ideas, new conversations and pushing the boundaries of acceptibility and diversity through the program Feminism & CO** at the MCA Denver. Now the work needs to spread.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ *Theory Loves Practice & Interrupted Process
July 5 – September 21, 2013 at the Center for Visual Art 965 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204 | Tel:303.294.5207 | Fax: 303.294.5210 |
**Feminism & Co: Art, Sex, Politics
Feminism & Co is a program series that explores the fabric of contemporary culture by investigating issues relating to women and gender. Using film screenings, creative performances, lectures and discussions, these evenings address women’s (and men’s) complicated relationship to art, politics and sexuality.