Kate Atkin

Berners Street

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Year 2020
Medium Pencil on paper
Dimensions 29.7 x 21 cm

About the work

Atkin is interested in the echo between the act of drawing and the act of growing. She makes drawings which are not entirely a representation of their original subject but which are more to do with an act of growth onto paper. Each new pencil mark relates to the last in a simulacrum of the growth of leaves or other matter. Every piece has a slightly different type of mark making according to the emerging logic of that drawing. Her work is typically very large but this one, titled Berners Street after the location of the original subject, is made especially to be a miniature.

About the artist:

Born 1981 Wiltshire, Kate Atkin lives and works in Waltham Abbey. Graduated from Byam Shaw School of Art (2003), and Royal College of Art (2008).

Atkin’s works are held in public and private collections including UBS Art Collection, London; West Collection, Pennsylvania; British Council, London; and Massey Foundation, New York

Selected exhibitions include Floating Heads, Xxijra Hii, London (June 2021);  London Pleasures, Trinity Contemporary, London (2012); Like A Stone, ACME Project Space, London (2012); Wy Work, 52 Hoxton Square, London (2009); W, Museum 52, New York (2008); and No Foreign Matter Unconsumed, Museum 52, London (2007). Selected group exhibitions include The Feuilleton: I Will Bear Witness: Piggy-Backing from the Edicola curated by Jo Melvin, Spoleto (June 2021); Drawing Biennial 2019, Drawing Room, London (2019); The Wanderers Nightsong II, C&C Gallery, London (2015); Drawing Biennial 2015, Drawing Room, London (2015); Drawing Making: Making Drawing, Drawing Room, London (2014); Étrange Nature, Le Pavillion Blanc, Toulouse (2014); Drawing Biennial 2013, Drawing Room, London (2013); Aspiration Factory, Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels (2012); The Thinking Line, Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury (2012); Unknown Fields: Recent British Drawings, Young Gallery, Salisbury (2012);  On the Edge of the World, John Hope Gateway Gallery, Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh (2010); Ultra Silvam (Beyond the Forest), WAS – Wonderland Art Space, Copenhagen (2010); and Recent British Drawings, Trinity Contemporary, New York (2010).

Residencies include ACME Studios Fire Station Work/Live Residency (2010-2015).

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