Diane Christiansen: Enough Space in the Head to Breathe

October 28 - November 26, 2011

Opening reception for the artist: Friday, October 28th, 6-8PM / Artist’s gallery talk: Sat., Oct. 29th, 12-1PM

(CHICAGO) September 30, 2011- kasia kay art projects gallery is pleased to present Enough Space in the Head to Breathe, Diane Christiansen’s second solo exhibition with the gallery that will feature several small scale oil on plaster paintings and one animation.

Diane Christiansen’s current work is about spaciousness and the experience of quieting the mind and moving things aside in order to create it.  The artworks themselves are paintings on plaster, which attest to the activity of addition (painting and drawing) and subtraction (erasure through sanding) through which they are created.  The slow, meditative, practice involved in their creation serves as an antidote to our current environment that is so full of speed, aggression and the barrage of information.

The selected for the exhibition works will include several paintings which focus on the abstraction of words through the blending of color. Collectively, her works present the physicality of the act of painting and sanding as evident attributes to the complexity of the finished product.  More so, this exhibition showcases the effects of addition and cancellation as recurring themes in Christiansen’s artistic process.

Christiansen’s work in the upcoming exhibit correlates with October Chicago Artist Month, the city’s annual campaign to support local artists that exemplify creative growth.

Diane Christiansen has been creating and exhibiting artwork for 20 years. She received her Master of Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Master of Social Work from Loyola University, Chicago, and Bachelor of Art from Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA.  In addition to being a visual artist, Christiansen is a Psychotherapist, and plays in the band Dolly Varden. Since the receipt of both master degrees in 1990, Diane has shown at variety of venues in Chicago including Carrie Secrist, Gescheidle, and the Cultural Center.  In New York she has exhibited at Adam Baumgold and Pierogi. She has also exhibited in Los Angeles, New Orleans and Portland, Oregon. Diane is the recipient of two Illinois Arts Council grants, a CAAP grant and an SAIC Merit Scholarship. Her work is included in collections at the Ft. Wayne Art Museum, the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, and in the St. Louis Contemporary Art Museum’s flat files. Diane is represented in Chicago by kasia kay art projects gallery.

For more information and images please contact the gallery info@kasiakaygallery.com or 312.944-0408.

Kasia Kay

Director, kasia kay art projects gallery