25 May 2012
When Robert Frank was just starting out as a photographer in Paris he would walk across the Jardin Luxembourg everyday to get to his studio. He became fascinated by the chairs in the garden, "They all seemed to be waiting for something." He started photographing chairs all over the city.
He took hundreds of photographs of chairs, some of which were included in his first handmade photo books 40 Fotos (1946) and Mary's Book (1949, pictured above). They were also included in the photo essay "Speaking of Pictures," in the May 21, 1951 issue of Life Magazine.
18 May 2012
I'd like to invite you to visit my brand new website! This update was very long overdue and features all new projects, sketchbook pages, linework and of course my beloved chairs.
And this new format allows me to update much more easily (and frequently) so stay tuned.
16 May 2012
I'm pleased to be showing some new work at Cafe Nomad through the end of June. The show consists of my recent exploration into papermaking and features my ever so familiar subjects-- chairs.
The Fauteuil* series (including the two pieces pictured above) are pulp paintings. The triptychs are made of sheets of handmade cotton paper. I painted directly into the wet paper pulp with pigment before pressing them. The result is a unique surface in which the image is imbedded into the paper fiber itself.
*fauteuil noun \fō-ˈtœy; ˈfō-ˌtil\ an upholstered chair with open arms
Kate Castelli: Paper Chairs
May 19 - June 30, 2012
450 Main Street, Norway, Maine 04268
01 May 2012
I'm pleased to be participating in Proof of Purchase, a show to benefit the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. You can purchase "Above and Below," one of my pieces from the Pages series (above).
How could I resist a show of postcards?
Hunt through hundreds of original works by artists and Boston personalities, each for sale at the bargain price of $50. The twist? You don't know the identity of the artist until you make the purchase. With all the art priced ($50) and sized (4x6 inches) the same, the piece you fall in love with might be by a current student or by a famous artist.
Proof of Purchase:
A School of the Museum of Fine Arts Benefit
@ Samsøn Gallery
Thursday, May 3 (7–8:30 pm)
Friday, May 4 (11 am–6 pm)
Saturday, May 5 (11 am–6 pm)
Sunday, May 6 (12–5 pm)
450 Harrison Avenue &/@ 29 Thayer Street, Boston, MA 02118