Katy Heinlein

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CTRL gallery is pleased to feature new work by Houston based artist Katy Heinlein.

With minimal means, cloth over wood (and sometimes wire), Heinlein creates floor and wall based sculptures that are as straightforward as they are ambiguous. For the uninitiated viewer, there is a cycle of understanding that begins with the basic question “what am I looking at”. It quickly becomes clear that there is no trickery or technology involved, only the quotidian materials of fabric shops and shop class. After the physical nature of the work is deduced, a space opens up for interpretations and associations to unfold.

By manipulating and exploiting the inherent qualities of fabric, Heinlein creates artworks that are both playful and elegant. In works with anthropomorphic titles such as Hike and Nuisance, she approaches figuration and narrative. Other more formal seeming works evoke landscapes, flowing hills, valleys and mountain ranges. In all of these works, Heinlein reminds us of the power of reduction in regards to artistic expression. Through self-restraint and by avoiding unnecessary embellishment, she transforms the everyday, allowing us see her chosen materials in new ways.

Katy Heinlein was born in Baytown, TX and lives and works in Houston. She received her MFA from Texas Tech University. Heinlein has exhibited widely regionally and was recently awarded the William and Dorothy Yeck National Young Sculptors Purchase Award of Miami University, Juried by Mary Ceruti, Executive Director of The Sculpture Center, NY. She was also the Juror’s Award Recipient in the International Juried Competition, Women in the Visual Arts, Juried by Lisa Dennison, Chief Curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.