BIO 

Kate Metten (born 1991, Vancouver, Canada) is an interdisciplinary artist whose material investigations into oil painting and ceramics deal primarily with the language of abstraction. Working at the intersection of those two histories allows a flexibility to address painterly concerns with clay, research into colour theory, visual perception and the still life, while also reflecting on Modernist philosophies of the Bauhaus, the unmaking of craft and material hierarchies. She is deeply concerned with phenomenology and the physicality of form. The internal logic of her artwork is determined by intuitive construction and response to material; Images and objects arise out of multi-layers of decision making to develop forms that are at once recognizable yet unfamiliar. The indexical quality of both painting and ceramic render dynamic impressions of mass and surface that preserve evidence of the hand and mind in motion. Metten’s preoccupation with the mechanics of looking, the psychological play of optical illusions, and our brain’s response to reductionist imagery confronts the viewer with the conditioning of their own perception.
 

EDUCATION

2017 BFA, Emily Carr University or Art and Design, Vancouver, BC

2009–2013 Studio Arts and Art History, Concordia University, Montreal, QC

2012 Penland School of Crafts, North Carolina, USA

2009 Buschlen-Mowatt Scholarship Program, Arts Umbrella, Vancouver, BC

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020 January 2020 There’s a Trick with a Knife I’m learning to Do, CSA Space, Vancouver, BC

2019 The Thinking Eye, Burrard Arts Foundation, Vancouver, BC

2019 Untitled, Wil Aballe Art Projects, Vancouver, BC

GROUP EXHIBIITONS

Upcoming 2020  We Do Not Work Alone, Nanaimo Art Gallery, Nanaimo, BC

2019 The Form Will Find Its Way: Contemporary Ceramic Sculptural Abstraction, NCECA, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA

2019 Raiders, Terminal Creek Contemporary, Bowen Island, Canada

2018 Legend, Dynamo Arts Association, Vancouver, BC

2018 Thelma Ruck Keene Scholarship Show, Circle Craft, Vancouver, BC

2018 Leaning Out of Windows (LOoW), Emily Carr University, Vancouver, BC

2017 88 Artists from 88 Years, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC

2017 Monthly Open Studio, Vancouver Art Book Fair, Vancouver, BC

2017 Art Waste, James Black Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2017 Unofficial Grad Show, Vancouver, BC

2017 The Show, Emily Carr University, Vancouver, BC

2016 Spatial Poetics, Neighbourhood Gallery, ECUAD, Vancouver, BC

2016 Suitcase Exchange, B-Gallery, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

2014 Art Quake, Roundhouse, Vancouver, BC

2011 We’ve Been Here Before, Art Matters Festival, Studio 303, Belgo, Montreal QC

2009 Space-Time/Parallels in Perception, Buschlen-Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, BC

 

GRANTS AND AWARDS

2019 Maureen Wright Bursary, Northwest Ceramics Foundation

2017 Early Career Development Grant, BC Arts Council

2017 Thelma Ruck Keene Memorial Award for Ceramics, Vancouver, BC

RESIDENCIES

 Upcoming 2021 GlogauAir, Berlin, Germany

2020 Kunstkollektivet 8B, Copenhagen, Denmark

2019, Burrard Arts Foundation, Vancouver, BC

2019 Visiting Artist, Material Matters Studio, Emily Carr University, Vancouver, BC

PRESS

2020 Kate Metten's Isolation Reading List, BAF, https://burrardarts.org/kate-mettens-isolation-reading-list/

2020 In Conversation: Kate Metten, BAF, https://burrardarts.org/in-conversation-kate-metten/

2020 BAF Insight video interview: https://burrardarts.org/

2017 "Gingham: A Material Dialogue" Evan Sproat 

2017 “The Show @ Emily Carr.” Creators Vancouver. May 12, 2017. creatorsvancouver.com/emily-carr-show/

2014 Interview regarding Art Quake installation, Roundhouse Radio. 983 Vancouver

2013 Featured artist, Interfold Magazine, Issue 1 : Confines, Montreal, QC. https://issuu.com/interfoldmagazine/docs/interfold_magazine

2009 “Space-Time/Parallels in Perception.” Skewed: The Unofficial UBC Online Art Magazine, Issue 6 (Sept/Oct). fantan.artvictoria.com/gallery/shows/skewed06.pdf

PUBLIC SPEAKING

Upcoming 2020, Panel discussion, Northwest Ceramics Foundation, Vancouver, BC

2020, Lecture on Raw Materials, Potter’s Guild of British Columbia, Burnaby, BC

2020, Contemporary Art Society Studio Visit, Vancouver, BC

2019 Artist Talk, Burrard Arts Foundation, Vancouver, BC

2019 New Craft Symposium, Emily Carr University, Vancouver, BC

2019 New Craft Symposium, Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George, BC

2019 Artist Talk, Wil Aballe Art Projects, Vancouver, BC

 

COLLECTIONS

Works held in private collections in Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, the United States, England, and Russia

 

INSTRUCTION

2017-2019 Roundhouse Community Centre, pottery instructor, Vancouver, BC

2017-2019 Mina Totino, private ceramic instructor, Vancouver, BC

2015–2019 Douglas Park Community Centre, ceramic Instructor, Vancouver, BC

2012 Creative Boost Ceramic Studio, ceramic technician, Montreal, QC

RELATED WORK

2017 Gailan Ngan, Studio assistant, Vancouver and Hornby Island, BC

2017 Canadian Clay Symposium, volunteer, Shadbolt Centre of the Arts, Burnaby, BC

2016 Bocci, Material Research, Vancouver, BC

2016 READ books and Charles H. Scott Gallery, gallery attendant, Vancouver, BC

2016 Heather Dahl, studio assistant, Vancouver, BC

2016 Gallery of BC Ceramics, gallery attendant, Vancouver, BC

2015 Rath Art Supplies, canvas stretcher and retail assistant, Vancouver, BC

2012 Pikolo Café, custom ceramic dishes, Montreal, QC

2012 Creative Boost Ceramic Studio, studio technician, Montreal, QC

2009 Roundhouse Ceramic Studio, volunteer drop-in supervisor, Vancouver, BC

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

2018 Raiders Painting Group

2017 Member of the Potters Guild of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

 

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