Dispatches from Maine: Studio Visit with Karen Gelardi
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.
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.
These are the show cards for a recent intervention at the Portland Museum of Art.
For the project she created these strange and wonderous printing kiosks.
Inside each kiosk was a desktop printer that would produce a patterned print designed by Gelardi.
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).
Gelardi has worked in textiles and fabric production in the past.
How this affects her work is probably a chicken or egg question.
These are close up shots of a wall of thought experiments.
This photograph (above) of a staged installation is the current form she is planning for her growing collection of panels (below).