KATHERINE SHERWOOD | BRAINHEADS
Dates of Exhibition: May 8 - June 4, 2014
Green Chalk Contemporary is very excited to present two concurrent exhibitions at its new space in the heart of The Lighthouse District, New Monterey:
Katherine Sherwood’s mixed-media paintings investigate essential aspects of art, medicine, and disabilities. Her works juxtapose abstracted medical images, such as cerebral angiograms of the artist’s brain, with fluid renderings of ancient patterns; the paintings thus explore and reveal, with a most unusual palette, the strange nature of our time and current visual culture. Brain Heads is a series of paintings of reclining disabled female nudes modeled on iconic western paintings. Their fanciful heads, often crowned with tiaras, are composed of brain imagery from the 16th to the 21st century. Painted on the reverse of antique, linen-backed art historical prints, they feature catalog numbers and the names of canonical Western artists. The female image embodies the beauty, dignity and pride of disabled women everywhere.
Sherwood is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant. Her work has been included in the Whitney Biennial 2000, The Smithsonian Museum and The National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC, Yerba Buena Center, SF, Kemper Museum of Art, St. Louis. Galleries include Paule Anglim, SF, George Hemphill, DC, Michael Kohn, LA, Cole Pratt, New Orleans, D.C. Moore, NYC. Katherine is a professor at UC Berkeley in the Art Department and the Disability Studies Program. She is the artist-in-residence at the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute. Katherine Sherwood is one of the founding members “The Yelling Clinic”. The artist group focuses on the intersections between war and disability. Its goal is to raise awareness about the human costs of war and war pollution around the globe.