Dispatches from Maine: Studio Visit with Karen Gelardi

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Karen Gelardi is a Portland-based artist whose work does not easily fit into categories. Working out of a primary interest in creating a conversation between replicating patterns in nature and modes of production, she creates a range of objects, books, textiles, installations, photographs, and participatory projects that often employ elements of chance, various commercial printing processes, and drawing systems.

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She was kind enough to invite us into her studio during our recent residency in Maine, and it was a total delight.

Many more pictures after the jump.

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Nice Space.

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These are the show cards for a recent intervention at the Portland Museum of Art.

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For the project she created these strange and wonderous printing kiosks.

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Inside each kiosk was a desktop printer that would produce a patterned print designed by Gelardi.

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Giving away free art in a museum is always a subversively good idea.
Doing it by building giant paper mache’ robot-monster-shapes is a great idea!

An image of the work in use, from the artist’s site (above).

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Gelardi has worked in textiles and fabric production in the past.
How this affects her work is probably a chicken or egg question.

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These are close up shots of a wall of thought experiments.

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This photograph (above) of a staged installation is the current form she is planning for her growing collection of panels (below).

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What a curious mind. What great work. We look forward to seeing more from her in the future!
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One Response to “Dispatches from Maine: Studio Visit with Karen Gelardi”

  1. Margo Ogden says:

    Here I am in Hallowel and I had no idea that there were so many cool artists and printing events happening.

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