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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Kathleen Thum, Clemson University Art Department Assistant Professor of Art, Also in New American Paintings South #124, June 2016!

Kathleen Thum, Slope Scarp, 2013
Ink and Graphite on Layers of Mylar
21” x 16”

SOUTH #124

Newsstand Dates: June 2016 / July 2016


Kathleen Thum, Clemson University Asst. Prof. of Art


Region: South
City / State: Liberty, SC

In my drawings, paintings, and wall installations, I obsessively render a continuous line to create intertwined, tubular forms. As I draw, I consider the effect of how the transmission of fluids and gases, along with pressure and gravity, would influence these imagined forms. The forms are layered, and they loosely follow aspects of linear perspective to become networks that reference the vast and intricate transportation, processing, and refining systems of oil, natural gas, and water as seen in our industrial landscape.
In 2010, I followed the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico through live video streaming. The video image of the pipeline seeping oil presented the earth to me as an organism suffering from a faulty and altered system. I have since referenced the pipeline in my work as a living, breathing entity, pulsing and growing with energy. My interest lies in capturing the ongoing shifting of power between mankind and the earth, as well as presenting the intermingling of manufactured systems and biomorphic configurations.

Juror: Emily StameyCurator of Exhibitions, Weatherspoon Art MuseumEmily Stamey arrived in North Carolina this past October to become Curator of Exhibitions at the Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She came to the Weatherspoon from the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona where she was Curator of Contemporary Art. Her recent exhibitions at SMoCA included Kelly Richardson: Tales on the Horizon and Leslie Shows: Surfacing. Prior to her work in Scottsdale, Stamey was Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University in Kansas. Her projects there included such exhibitions as Stocked: Contemporary Art from the Grocery Aisles; Tony Feher: Extraordinary Ordinary; and Odili Donald Odita: Television.

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