On View June 2-30th, 2018
Opening Reception Saturday June 2nd, 6-9pm

COOP is pleased to present “I Figured It’d Be You,” recent work by Katie Wynne, our 2018 Open Call winner.

“Maybe we’ve had enough words of power and talk about the battle of life. Maybe we need some words of weakness.” – Ursula K. LeGuin.

Wynne’s recent work responds to the rhetoric of power and domination in America with a personal collection of t-shirts. That is, softly. 

Relying on the reciprocal relationship between human and object, Wynne explores the constellation of commonplace objects and materials that reflect, complicate and affirm our sense of selves. Utilizing motorized, looping movements, her compositions of personal clothing and effects shift fluidly between suggestions of the figure, flags, curtains, rags hung out to dry, and other common states of fabric. Speaking to LeGuin’s call for an alternate vocabulary, I Figured It’d Be You is unabashedly soft-hearted, exploring themes of sentimentality, portraiture, absence, and the poetics of movement.

Sunfish by Katie Wynne

More about the Artist
Katie Wynne was born in Providence, Rhode Island. Wynne received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and BFA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2011 and has also participated in residencies at Ox-bow School of Art and the Vermont Studio Center on a Fellowship supported by the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Wynne has had solo and two-person exhibitions at venues including, Sediment (Richmond, VA), Hope College (Holland, MI), Box13 (Houston, TX), Good Weather (North Little Rock, AR), and Lawndale Art Center (Houston, TX). Her work has also been exhibited in group shows internationally, including at Vermont College of Fine Arts, Atlanta Contemporary, Bethany Arts Center (Ossining, NY), Galerie Nord/Kunstverein Tiergarten (Berlin), Frostburg State University (Frostburg, MD), MASS Gallery (Austin, TX), Gallery Protocol (Gainsville, FL), and Lawndale Art Center (Houston, TX). She currently lives and works in Philadelphia.

Website: Katie Wynne