Artist Updates



Gifford’s Forest as Part of the Art for Trees, A TD Forests Project Auction

The artwork for sale here is the original provided by the artist for “Art for Trees” a TD Forests Project. All proceeds from “Art for Trees” will be equally distributed amongst New York Restoration Project, Friends of the High Line, Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Trees New York.

This artwork requires 6 liters of water and two standard electric cords connected to electricity to run the water pump and light features.







Kickstarter Campaign for Rogue Stream Installation, Berlin, Germany

I am excited to announce that I have the opportunity to exhibit “Rogue Stream” at Rockelmann & in Berlin, Germany, with your support this project will be realized!
Unfolded Magazine, Interview by Nardip Singh


Travelling Landscapes installation, Kathleen Vance 2012

Kathleen Vance’s works for her Travelling Landscapes installations contrast textures and scales, natural with artifice echoing the segmented plots of nature that appear in the vacant lots and between buildings in Brooklyn.

What is your background and how does it apply to your work?
I grew up on a farm in rural Maryland, which over the years suburban-style developments have creeped in and changed the landscape in significant ways. This impacted my scope of the world and the importance of conservation and stewardship of the land. I received by Bachelor’s degree at Pratt Institute and after graduation travelled to many of the Natural Preserves and Parks within the United States. These experiences heightened my appreciation, not only for the vast variance between the landscapes and environments in the United States, but also the way in which local societies, urban environments edge and impact the rural to wilderness between. My graduate studies at Hunter College placed all of these concepts into perspective and aided in a fuller, more developed sense of the context for these type of environmental concerns within my art making practice. Larger installation works developed out of my interest of utilizing specific site references and considering the origin of local natural materials within an urban setting.


“Running Stream”, Kathleen Vance – galerie Open, Berlin materials: displaced plants and soil, tinted aquaresin, artificial foliage, water, pump

Is there an element of your work that you feel gets missed or misinterpreted?
I incorporate both live and artificial materials within my sculptural constructions, depending on the reference and the concept that I am working on within a specific project, these are decisive choices to heighten an awareness of the grey area between natural/artificial. Life-like artificial environments within the Travelling Landscapes sometimes seem to be alive and often mis-perceived as such.

How did Travelling Landscapes develop from your previous work?
I had been building large installations to bring outdoor elements indoors to create experiential environments. In keeping with the concepts developed with these works I began to build scaled environments, the traveling cases offered a nice sense of scale for these pieces which reference travel, possession and helped to create a level of containment for the works.


“Traveling Landscape (moss trunk)”, Kathleen Vance – materials: steamer trunk, live moss, fluorescent light, water pump, soil, water

How would you characterise your works’ relationship with nature?
Depending on the scope of the work and its direct or indirect relationship to the environment, a particular project or series develops a dialogue that speaks to these issues. For site-specific works the relationship to the source environment is very direct. Elements from nature are directly displaced and incorporated into installations such as the Boundsticks Installation, as the materials are collected specifically from selected forestry sites. Natural materials from the forest floor are brought out of the natural environment and re-imagined in an experiential installation. The travelling landscape series has a more imaginative relationship with nature as some of the environments are created and the pieces that incorporate live materials are manipulated to fit and situate themselves within the confines of the travelling case.


“Travelling Landscape” Kathleen Vance – Installation at East/West Project Berlin, Germany

Would you say you’ve been inspired by your surroundings in Brooklyn?
Yes, I have an interest in the tenuous relationship between the native natural environments and the urban intervention into these environments. A recent installation directly referenced the native forest in Prospect Park, the last remaining stand of the Native Eastern Deciduous Forest in Brooklyn.

What would you say fuels your work?
I am fuelled by a desire to awaken an interest and connection to the natural environment. It is my goal to bring a higher level of appreciation to nature and native elements in our landscape, whether: urban rural or wilderness. Discovery of the intersections between these points is of great interest to me, where the lines of human control over the environment are released and nature’s wild intentions slowly reclaim these areas.

What are you currently working on or developing?
I am continuing the Travelling Landscape series utilizing larger steamer trunks so I can better articulate the environments contained within. I am also developing a larger scale installation which contains a cross-over between architectural elements and the natural environment.

Thank you, Kathleen.

PHOTOS: The best of Fountain Art Fair 2013 – a showcase for NYC emerging Artists
Be afraid, be very afraid… for your child’s future.

That’s one of the key takeaways I gleaned from this year’s Fountain Art Fair, an annual showcase of emerging artists held in Manhattan’s historic 69th Regiment Armory.

Fountain is a fun, offbeat fair and is less stuffy than its Armory Arts Week counterparts, the Armory Show and Volta. Visitors stroll the aisles sipping cocktails in plastic cups, snapping cell-phone pics and chatting with artists. It’s a unique opportunity to get close to emerging artists in a major Manhattan venue.

After spending five hours at the Fountain Art Fair press preview on Friday– every time I tried to leave, I ended up speaking with another artist whose work stopped me dead in my tracks– a clear theme emerged. Mainly, the future is bleak for the next generation of kids. Internet porn, vanishing resources and even scary clowns contribute to their questionable fate.

Read on for highlights of this year’s Fountain show.

10 Reasons to Fear for Today’s Youth:

Predictions from Fountain Art Fair

2013 Fountain Art Fair NYC-2 copy

#10. An End to Green Spaces, Water and All That Good Stuff

Buying a home is a rite of passage for many Americans. But have you thought about who actually owns the natural resources on that land, like the precious water supply? It’s a question that New York artist Kathleen Vance explores in her series Traveling Landscapes, in which natural and artificial landscapes are created in partially opened containers like steamer trunks or cosmetic cases. Vance was inspired by her own experience growing up in Maryland, where her family had a farm and the water table was in jeopardy. The whole concept of owning land and natural resources is something of a contradiction, she explained at the Fountain Art Fair on Friday; “you can’t take it with you, [so] it’s not yours.”

2013 Fountain Art Fair NYC-39 copy

Vance is part of the tART Collective, a group of female New York artists who share ideas and lend support to one another’s projects. All of Vance’s work at Fountain touches on perceptions of nature, from issues of ownership to the ‘authenticity’ of landscapes. Her cosmetic case garden is precious– I would love to have it in my apartment as a decoration and conversation piece– but it also inspired me to think about how my attitudes and behavior impact the land we all share. It’s an important conversation to start, since the next generation will have to deal with the consequences of our environmental actions.

Continue article here: Downtown Traveler

The L Magazine:

“Kathleen Vance: Nature, Tightly Packed” by Benjamin Sutton
A tension between rational structures and organic entanglements runs throughout Kathleen Vance’s woodsy drawings, sculptures and installations. Dominating the main room of her new exhibition at Williamsburg’s Art 101, Outgrowth of Nature (through November 6), the massive sculptural installation “Out of the Woods” (2011) is a twisting loop of twigs and sticks of varying thicknesses bound together with twine. About six feet tall and ten feet in diameter, from certain angles it resembles a giant treble clef, but it’s decidedly abstract. Like a giant compressed spring, its bundled sticks seem ready to snap out of the torqued and curving formation into which Vance bound them. On surrounding walls hang exhaustively detailed ink drawings depicting the leafy spots where she gathered sticks and branches for the huge sculpture. The drawings’ near-photographic precision echoes the sculptural gesture, imposing structures and immutable lines on fragments of wilderness.

In the gallery’s back room a steady trickling sound emanates from a selection of Vance’s “Traveling Landscapes” series, tiny verdant environments contained inside trunks, travel cases and other types of luggage. Each is cracked open and fitted with interior lighting, so that the precious interior landscapes glow. They feature moss, grass, rocks, dirt and tiny ponds. Looking in on these idyllic miniatures provokes endearment, like that of a bearded man in the clouds peering down on Eden. But the “Traveling Landscapes” are so thoroughly contained that they too tidily resolve the show’s engaging disjuncture between our desire for order and the natural systems on which we struggle to impose it.
-Benjamin Sutton


Video of “Running Stream” Installation at galerie OPEN exhibition, “Creating Realties”

“Running Stream” – A live installation by Kathleen Vance featured in Berlin Art Link

Kathleen Vance, "Untitled" (Tree Canopy)

Kathleen Vance: “Outgrowth of Nature”
101 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY
Laufzeit: 27. Oktober 2011 – 12. Januar 2012
OPENing: Donnerstag, 27. Oktober, 19 – 23 Uhr
Künstler: Hélène van Duijne, Rebecca Loyche, Klaus Pichler, Thomas Stüssi, Kathleen Vance


Kathleen Vance, "Untitled" (Tree Canopy)

Kathleen Vance
‘Outgrowth of Nature’
October 13 – November 6
opening reception : Thursday October 13
Art 101, 101 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY
The exhibition is in three parts and includes Vance’s amazingly intricate drawings; part of the Traveling Landscape series; and a new installation for the Boundstick series, Out of the Woods.
The natural world is the inspiration for all aspects of Vance’s work. “I look for the ways in which nature can be brought back into the course of one’s daily life.
“My drawings are for the most part untitled, wood panel, and pen and ink on paper. (They) relate to the Boundsticks series and the Traveling Landscapes.There will be a selection of drawings that reference the sites where the sticks/branches have been collected for the Boundsticks installation, and works that relate to the TravelingLandscapes, thinking of waterways and landmass creation.
“With the series entitled “Traveling Landscapes”, vignettes of nature are encapsulated within steamer trunks and train cases aged through travel. Displaced elements indicative of natural landscapes are presented in partially opened cases, as to not fully expose the delicateness of what is contained within.
“In the series entitled “Boundsticks,” I investigate the association of a material to its point of origin and how its individual identity can be strengthened when removed from its natural habitat.”
Kathleen Vance is a director of The Front Room Gallery. Her work has been shown extensively in Germany where she was a visiting artist (Berlin) and in various galleries in Chelsea and Williamsburg. She received a BFA from Pratt and an MFA from Hunter.
She is the recipient of a number of awards, among them grants from The Puffin Foundation and The Brooklyn Arts Council.
ART 101
101 Grand Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 1 to 6 pm
Or by appointment.
Past Exhibitions:
Open Source Presents: “Associated”
April 27th-April 29th, 2011
257 17th Street, Brooklyn New York
Opening Reception From 7pm-9pm Wed, April 27th
CARNIVAL (!!!PARTY!!!) on Sat, 30th, 2pm-12am
Wed 27th, Thurs 28th, Fri 29th
…1pm and 7pm
Meeting point: in front of 257 17th street, between 5th and 6th ave
“Associated” is a site specific show in a severely damaged brownstone on 17th Street in South Slope, Brooklyn. Just after noon on 12 November 2010, a boiler exploded at the Associated Supermarket on 5th Avenue and 17th Street, igniting a fire that tore through the block, destroying Open Source Gallery. Next door to Open Source a three family house–the gallery owners’ home–was also rendered uninhabitable by firefighters’ efforts to stop the blaze. The exhibition, “Associated”, curated by Monika Wuhrer, Raphaela Riepl and Frank De Leon-Jones, resurrects the derelict house with projects by 30 artists.
Sara Bouchard, Christian Brown, Reamonn Byrne, Wendy Chu, Ethan Crenson, Alex Darsey, Hubert Dobler, Maya and Brad Engstrom, Peter Feigenbaum, Hari Ganglberger, Pirmin Hagen, Fumie Ishii, Der Kommissar, Stefanie Koseff, James Leonard, Loadingdock5, Katerina Marcelja, Amanda C. Mathis, Patrick May, Nolan McKew, Felipe Mujica, Matthew Orr, Annelise E. Ream, Jason Reppert, Raphaela Riepl, Evan Robarts, Manuel Sander, Frank Scheiderbauer, Simon Shippey, Allison Read Smith, Miho Suzuki, Johanna Unzueta, Kathleen Vance, Letizia Werth, Lily White, Jasper Wingo, Monika Wuhrer
March 10-13, 2011
galerie OPEN presents: Kathleen Vance at art KARLSRUHE:
art KARLSRUHE 2011
Messe Karlsruhe
Messeallee 1
76287 Rheinstetten
galerie OPEN by Alexandra Rockelmann
DM-Arena, Hall 4, Stand L03.
Galerie OPEN will be presenting a solo show of a range of works by Kathleen Vance from New York as part of ART FROM BERLIN at art KARLSRUHE 2011.
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