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Karen Heagle, Untitled (Feeding), 2016

Karen Heagle, Untitled (Feeding), 2016. Acrylic on yuppo. 9 by 12 inches

Kate Gilmore & Karen Heagle
Beat

January 8 – February 19, 2017
Opening reception and performance: Sunday, January 8, 6 to 8pm
Performances: Saturdays and Sundays, 4 to 6pm

They said don’t come around here.
Don’t want to see your face.
You better disappear.
The fire’s in their eyes.
Their words are really clear.
Beat it.

You better do what you can.
Don’t want to see blood.
You want to be tough.
Do what you can.
Beat it.

No one wants to be defeated.
Showing how strong is your fight.
It matters who’s wrong or right.
Beat it.

They’re out to get you.
Leave while you can.
You want to stay alive.
Do what you can.
Beat it.

You have to show them that you’re really not scared.
They’re playing with your life.
This is not truth or dare.
They’ll kick you.
Then they beat you.
Then they’ll tell you it’s fair.
Beat it.

No one wants to be defeated.
Showing how strong is your fight.
It matters who’s wrong or who’s right.

Beat it.

– Adaptation of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” from Thriller (1982).

The practice of Kate Gilmore spans video, sculpture, photography, performance, and installation, exploring female identity and the physical constraints of material. The artist and her performers are protagonists, attempting to conquer self-constructed obstacles, an embodiment of the emotion, fury, and frustration borne of an unsettling political moment.

Kate Gilmore received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York in 2002, and her BFA from Bates College, Lewiston, ME in 1997. She has participated in the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2010); the Moscow Biennial, Moscow, Russia (2011); Greater New York, MoMA/PS1, New York, NY (2010/2005), in addition to solo exhibitions at the Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY (2016); the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT (2014); Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Cleveland, OH (2013); Public Art Fund, New York, NY (2010); Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA (2008). She is the recipient of several international awards such as the Art Prize/Art Juried Award, Grand Rapids, Michigan (2015); Rauschenberg Foundation, Captiva, FL (2014); Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome (2007); Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, New York, NY (2009); Art Matters, New York, NY (2012); Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Award, New York, NY (2010); Franklin Furnace Fund, New York, NY (2006); Public Art Fund, New York, NY (2010); the LMCC Residency, New York, NY (2005); New York Foundation for The Arts Fellowship, New York, NY (2012/2005); Marie Walsh Sharpe Residency, Brooklyn, NY (2010). Her work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MA; Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL. She lives and works in New York.

Karen Heagle is known for her vivid large scale works on paper that depict still life, landscape, portraiture and animal subjects. Her work often reflects autobiographical symbolism thematically focused on memento mori, feminism, sexuality, and queer identity.

Recent solo exhibitions include Churner and Churner, New York, NY (2013); I-20, New York, NY (2011/2008/2006). Group exhibitions include Saatchi Gallery, London, England (2013); Invisible Exports, New York, NY (2015/2010); Sargent’s Daughters, New York, NY (2014); Churner and Churner, New York, NY (2014); Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC (2012); On Stellar Rays, New York, NY (2009). Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Colleción Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico; DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece. She holds an MFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, and a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin. Heagle lives and works in Brooklyn.

Special thanks to our performers: Kelsey Brod, Celina Carney, Haleigh Collins, Jennifer Dawson, Ashley Frato, Elsa Fraysse, Melida Kiefer, Georgette Maniatis, Amalia Mourad, Jessica Whittam, and Gaku Tsutaja