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Opening reception | Katy Stone | Light Currents
March 12, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
RYAN LEE is pleased to announce Light Currents, an exhibition of new work by Katy Stone.
Stone is known for her dynamic multi-layered installations that range in scale from the small
and intimate to monumental public commissions. Continuing to work with duralar, aluminum,
and dichroic plastic, Stone’s latest body of work pushes the limits of her industrial materials and
probes the ethereality of her subject matter.
Stone draws on a variety of conceptual source material: early twentieth-century abstraction,
the Light and Space movement, and Immanence theory. Her materials allow for an exploration
of geometric abstraction that is grounded in form, yet is expansive and mutable.
In Sun/Circle 2 (2019) strips of painted duralar rectangles are arranged in multiple layers to create a near perfect circle. The resulting image is as much a combination of its geometric elements as the
light it reflects and the shadows it casts. It is at once translucent and solid, evoking celestial
energy through terrestrial forms. Light, time, cosmic forces, and natural phenomena become
literal and metaphorical guides for Stone’s artistic meditations.Stone intentionally selects materials that are physically light and thin.
The work in Light Currents, she explains, “explores both the idea of surface and field, an attitude of expansiveness that is rhizomatic, planar, infinite.” Clouds have become a recurring subject of interrogation for Stone for their embodiment of phenomena that is both unique in a moment, and ceaselessly cyclical. Clouds provided the point of reference for a series of painted metal works, cut into gestural
arrangements that Stone refers to as Archipelagos (2018).
In Book of Hours (2020), a series of vertical bands of painted duralar span a gallery wall, offering a vision of eight simultaneous slices of sunset, or perhaps the effects of time passing, frozen for a fleeting moment in a fragment of sky. In Light Currents, Stone’s works are equally engaged in the exploration of atmospheric phenomena and the materials she uses to recreate them.
KATY STONE, ARCHIPELAGO 1, 2018
Courtesy of RYAN LEE.