Solomon Projects announces 2nd of November, by young Athens, Georgia-based conceptual artist, Kathryn Refi. This exhibition premieres Refi’s most recent project involving research of events that took place on the day of her birth in 1975. 2nd of November will be on view November 2 – December 23, 2010.
By selecting the day of her birth as the control factor in this project, the drawings in this exhibition present a range of simultaneous events. The grand and the commonplace are granted equal importance in the choice of images presented. Can it possible that events of the day of our birth have cosmic significance in our lives? Can they provide a link to who we are as individuals? 2nd of November continues Refi’s interest in exploring information communicated through news media, and follows her acclaimed 2008 gallery exhibition, All Things Considered, which mapped news coverage of the National Public Radio’s news program of the same name.
The exhibition 2nd of November will present two corresponding bodies of work, each based on photographic archival material researched at the University of Georgia Libraries from both US and international magazines and newspapers. In the main gallery Refi selected eight subjects from her research to render in large format drawings in charcoal and pastel. Each drawing’s title is drawn from the original caption of the photo: Prince Juan Carlos of Spain meets with residents of the disputed territory Spanish Sahara; Loretta Lynn and her friends gather backstage at the Miami Beach Convention Center; President Gerald Ford greets Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in Florida; Muslim fighters clash with Christian militias in Beirut, Lebanon; Film director Pier Paolo Pasolini is murdered; O.J. Simpson, of the Buffalo Bills, tries to score; Chris Holl poses with Dr. Lewis’ Lamborghini Miura; and Kathryn Refi is born. The relating project, My Solution to the November 2nd New York Times Crossword Puzzle will be shown in the front gallery. Crossword Puzzle is a series of thirty-four graphite on paper drawings, each 12 x 10 inches. The drawings are Refi’s solutions to each of the last thirty-four crossword puzzles published by The New York Times on November 2nd, with the exception of 1978 when there was no newspaper due to a printer’s strike.
Born in Atlanta in 1975, Refi received her BFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art, in Baltimore, and her MFA from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, where she currently lives and works. She was honored this year with an early career, major solo exhibition entitled Records atthe Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA), Indianapolis, IN and was featured in two group exhibitions in 2009: Free Press in Free Fall, ATHICA – Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Athens, GA and Re(Search): Exploring the Relationship Between Art & Science, The University Art Gallery, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN. Her work has been exhibited in museums around the southeast, namely the Gibbes Museum, Charleston, SC; the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, GA; Florida Atlantic University Art Galleries, Boca Raton, FL; The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA; MOCA GA, Atlanta, GA, and nationally reviewed in Art in America and Art Papers. This is the artist’s third solo exhibition at the gallery following All Things Considered in 2008.
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