Artist Kat Silver

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My Artist Spotlight on Ugallery

I recently joined this excellent art community UGallery and they did a write on me, here is what they had to say and it was so well written I just had to share:

http://blog.ugallery.com/post/141983510554/new-ugallery-artist-kat-silver

New UGallery Artist: Kat Silver

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Which Road to Choose

Although Kat Silver’s surrealist, Dali-esque landscapes often feature figures with missing limbs and exposed human hearts, they are not ominous. On the contrary, they project something whimsical and enticing within their dream-like plots.

They expose the inner conflicts in Kat’s life, which are revealed through the imagery of her dreams and the symbolism encountered in her daily life. These conflicts are universal, demonstrating an obsession with time, choice, and fate. Which path should I choose? When should I pause and reconsider my direction?

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Be Still My Heart

The figures are headless because they are not mentally present. Dragged down by the mundane aspects of everyday life that distract us, they are missing the magnificent view in front of them. The image of the rabbit has become an important symbol and signature in Kat’s work. For her, the rabbit represents power and taking control of one’s life. The sweet, confident groups of rabbits surround the lost, faceless characters in her paintings. We may not know where we are going, but we have guides along the way if we look for them.

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New Artwork : “Ascending Into Consciousness”

Recently I decided to return to painting without the collage elements added. I have always be inspired by and interested in Surrealist art, some of my influences are Dali, Max Ernst, and Giorgio de Chirico. This painitng is the first of what I imagine will be many, I was inspired by one of my collages in the series I did called 100 Days of Bunnies, where each day I did a collage mixed media piece starting with one bunny and each day another bunny was added so by the end of the project I had 100 bunnies!!! It actually ended up taking a lot more then 100 days. I think it was closer to 5- 6 months. It was alot of fun, WHY all those bunnies?? Rabbit has become my power animall, spirit guide so to speak.To read more of http://www.shamanicjourney.com/rabbit-power-animal-symbol-of-creativity-intution-paradox-and-fear

 "Ascending Into Consciousness" Acrylics on wood 8" by 10"

“Ascending Into Consciousness” Acrylics on wood 8″ by 10″

This new artwork explores what might be happening behind the scenes in our subconscious

 mind. How do thoughts andfeeling travel from the depths of the internal world and reach our

 conscious mind, where as we suddenly become aware of them or have an idea or inspiration?

 Are they just random chemical reactions? Neurons firing? is that all it is? I would like

to imagine the thoughts, feelings and ideas are alive, that they have will and have a journey

 to make i order to reach consciousness. The bunnies represent ideas, desires, feeling, memories

and other sorts of things that might arise from the depths of the psyche and make the journey to

consciousness. There is one very tiny one who is almost to the top

(climbing the stairs) to awareness which is represented by the house. All of this is taking place

 inside the “host” or puppet like person you see suspended in front of you. “She” is idle,

bystander, she is unaware of that which is taking place. But what if we could be more aware?

What if we could become more aware of the thoughts, memories, drives that mold and

shape our reality? I worked for about 7 years as an Art Therapist after completing my

Masters at Drexel. In Philly I had the privilege and honor of witnessing up close and very

personal many people’s mental processes and struggles but also their successes!

I have always been so intrigued with how the mind and human psyche functions. C.G. Jung 

is also a huge influence and interest of mind. His ideas and theories about Collective Unconscious

speak to me on so many levels. I feel like I have still so much to learn and explore in this area.

 I am interested to hear what this piece evokes in you? What aresome of your thoughts,

 associations to the images and symbols? I think the coolest thing about art is that it

 can have so many layers of symbolism, can mean so many things and for each person

coming from their unique experience will see it in a way that is meaningful to them.

Please share your thoughts! Thanks for reading mine!

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Baby making & bunny themed art show opening

In honor of the fact the my first child is soon to be born, (due date just a few weeks away!) I decided for the Sept exhibit at Blue Wren studio, that I would devote the

Prolificacy art exhibit

entire theme to baby making and bunnies.  We titled the exhibit “Prolificacy” playing on the idea of bunnies being prolific and procreating often!  The opening was First Friday Sept 7th, and we had a great turn out! Held at Murphy Arts Center building in Fountain Square area-  1043 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203. If you haven’t been to a First Friday at Murphy Arts center yet, make it down there next time because there are always tons of great art exhibits, music and events!

We decided for fun to raffle off an original Kat Johnston mixed media collage, tickets were only $1, and the raffle was a fun, exciting way for First Friday comers to get involved! People really like the idea of winning artwork at the end of the night! The piece we raffled off was called “Gracefulness” (shown right), mixed media collage measuring 6″ by 6″.

I met a lot of really awesome people, my artwork was

SOLD!

received well. Sold a couple small pieces before the evening was over and

SOLD!

several people expressed interest in purchasing work from me through my website or at a later time.  I also received interest not only in my art but in my practice as an energy healer, Reiki practitioner.   I am looking forward to connecting with people and seeing where things go.  This was my 2nd Indy art exhibit, but I hope to do many more. Especially since I have only just moved here from Philly about 7 months ago, there are still so many connections to make and people to meeting Indy’s art community.  I feel very grateful for Blue Wren’s support in having me display my work and for the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people.

Here are some photos from the opening,

if you want to see more – come see my facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/artistkatjohnston 

Also if you are interested in learning more about me and seeing more of my artwork, please visit my main website http://katjohnston.yolasite.com  All of the work that is currently on display at Blue Wren is up for sale  & on my website you can purchase art using paypal.  I regularly update my site with new artwork, as well as upcoming shows and events!

Online Art Auction : Fundraiser! Starts tomorrow!

Life is exciting and also frightening at times.  My life has been quite the adventure in the last year, I have moved three times, once from Philly to Baltimore, then Baltimore we were evicted and needed somewhere to go, so we came to Indianapolis to stay with family, who then put us out on the street, so we were homeless (and pregnant) floating around for a few months, until we finally moved in to our current apt in Carmel, IN, a nice safe town to have our baby and hopefully a more stable life.

Our first child is expected to arrive any day now, her due date is Sept 20th, only few weeks away and we still are not where we need to be financially.  We don’t have the funds we need to buy some of the most basic things to prepare for her arrival, such as crib, car seat, etc.  Since we moved out to the Midwest away from everyone we know (except for my hubby’s awful family) we don’t really know anyone to have a baby shower with.

SO…. I had this idea!  That I would do “Lil Wynter Fundraiser” an online art auction

Basically I am auctioning off some of my artwork online (facebook event page- link below), I have posted images of the art with details about size and medium.   https://www.facebook.com/events/233432330112926/

Under each picture one can leave comment- in comment section is where you place your bid.  The auction officially starts tomorrow (Monday) but some people have already been laying their claim on the ones they want.  It will run for 3 days, ending at 5pm on Wed.  Whoever has the highest bid- WINS!! Payments will be taken via paypal, (Just like Ebay) and I will mail you your new artwork!

If you don’t want to bid on artwork, but would still like to help… we are also accepting donations, of any amount.  I greatly appreciate your support, maybe I’ll see you at the auction!

Fun filled evening at Loads of Fun Station North’s Final Friday of 2011!

Baltimore’s up and coming art mecca, Station North put together a fun filled evening to close out the year 2011. Loads of Fun gallery with it’s current exhibit UFO, 2012 was in it’s full glory! Inside and OUT!! As I walked up to Loads of Fun door, I saw flashing lights and fun painted windows all

Plasticarmy: James Prochnik, Jeff Duka , Tom Dixon

themed for the UFO art show with spaceships and flyer saucers!

Plasticarmy is the art collective who is responsible for organizing and hosting this amazing UFO 2012 exhibit, check out their website at

Tom Dixon's work

 

http://www.plasticarmy.com/.  For more info about the UFO 2012 exhibit including all the artists who are participating – visit:  http://u-f-o2012.com/ The show features a wide range of media and styles of work , including drawings, sculptures, Stuffed furry alien creatures, flying objects hanging from ceiling, as well as paintings on canvas.  As a mixed media collage artist,  I had work that addressed

2012 , end of the world, government cover-up.  “In Another Galaxy” was accepted in the show and can be seen at   http://u-f-o2012.com/?post_type=katjohnston&p=697   The energy and movement in the space is quite amazing! Like I said even the outside of Loads of Fun has been overrun with aliens! Definitely a show that can NOT be missed.  This exhibit will be up until Jan 21st, be sure to make an appointment to see it before the UFO’s elude us once more.

Station North Arts Cafe catering! Yum

Station North Arts Cafe catered the event with delicious hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and refreshments. My favorites were the tuna melts and the warm apple cider.

There was a collection of illustration work of the very talented: Joe Zucker in back room- where DJ Just K was spinning, as well as a comedian who performed, Jason Weems.He had the whole room cracking up! What a great

Artist Kat Johnston "In Another Galaxy" (above)

way to end the year! Room filled with laughter and positive feelings for the community, with commitments to making 2012 a GREAT year!  It was a fun filled evening! I always love Station North art district events! If you haven’t been to any of the Final Friday events yet, make that your new years resolution and get yourself down HERE!!!

To see more of Kat Johnston’s mixed media collage, visit my website at http://katjohnston.yolasite.com

“Fun-a-Day” in Baltimore! A Great way to start your New Year on creative note!!!

I am excited to be a part of small group of people organizing the first ever “Fun-a-Day” here in Baltimore , although “Fun-a-day” has  been around for a number of years, this year marks the 8th annual started by the artclash-  http://artclash.com/  it has spread to other states and other cities! This the 8th   year now!

Other locations include:

Albuquerque, opening Feb. 10th @ The Tan Gallery
Birmingham
Boston
Chicago
Dundee, Scotland
Lansdale
Montréal
Northampton
Oakland, Feb. @ Rock Paper Scissors, opening night Feb. 3
Pendleton, OR @ The Pendleton Center for the Arts
Philadelphia, Feb. 10th and 11th @ Studio 34
Portland, OR, Feb. 11th @ St. David of Wales
Portland, ME
Providence
San Diego
San Francisco
Santa Cruz, CA, opening Feb. 3 @ Caffe Pergolesi
Tucson, Feb. 8-19 @ Silver Streak Gallery
West Dean, West Sussex, England
Wilmington, DE

But its the first year the Baltimore will have it’s very own “Fun-a-day” art show!
Here’s how you can be a part of it”

1. help spread the word, tell all your friends, anyone who is creative, doesn’t have to be an artist,  writers, musicians, crafters, are all welcomed!

2. join up!  decide what you want to make, (there’s only a week or so before the beginning of the new year) start getting prepared, stock up on supplies or whatever, most importantly- decide- what do you want to make?

3. Jan 1st comes– day 1- time to start being creative, make your first piece, and make the commitment, one per day for whole month! you can do it!!! It’s a great way to start the new year!

Here’s the link to the fb page that will keep you up to date on whereabouts of drop off and the group exhibit in Feb:

https://www.facebook.com/events/314873355200904/

ALSO for more info:

http://funadaybaltimore.wordpress.com/

Keep check back for updates on the where and when of the group exhibit in Feb! Spaces for the exhibit are being explored!

An afternoon with Ruth Pettus at the Shoe Cafe

Baltimore artist, Ruth Pettus, had an open studio Sunday afternoon (Dec 11th) that I had the pleasure of attending.  She had

Drawings on canvas from Spain & Paris

displayed works on canvas, on paper and of course my favorite part was her shoes!Her paintings she explained were all water based and she enjoyed using organic material such as coffee grounds.  Her work was abstract and minimal but the landscapes, trees, horizons could be seen.  She had raw canvas drawings/ mixed media on the walls, as well as table with piles and trays of works on paper, ink, paint, drawings. More of her work can be seen on her website :http://rpettus.com/

The feel and energy of  the places she had traveled and the many adventures she had been on were definitely portrayed in her work.  I found her use of media and material inspiring. Her mixed media on the raw canvas reminded me of some of my mixed media paintings on fabric, where the texture and colors of the fabric show through.  (“Giddy Up” is a good example) To see the mixed media work I do, visit my website: http://www.katjohnston.yolasite.com

Artist: Ruth Pettus (center) with her fans

The shoe cafe located in the basement was magical and intriguing.  Old shoes filled with soil, wax, fur, and other materials.  Men’s shoes, children’s shoes, women’s shoes of all shapes and sizes.  Shelf after shelf I was drawn into what the shoes and their what each one’s story

Baby doll girl's shoe (one of my favs)

was, the journey it had taken, the places it had seen.

They took on a life of their own, bold, worn and beautiful!

 

 

Ruth gave me a print out from her exhibit at the Creative Alliance entitled “City Square”.

It is interesting because I have always been a big fan of Giacometti’s work. His depth and human connection that his sculptures tap into.  Suffering and isolation that we humans often experience, we believe we are alone in our pain, but art allows us to communicate our deepest and sometimes darkest parts of ourselves so that we don’t feel so alone or isolated.  We see it is the human universal experience.

Ruth’s open studio was the highlight of my week, refreshing and inspirational! Thanks Ruth for sharing your Shoe Cafe and the other many works on canvas and paper with me! I look forward to seeing more work in future exhibits!

“Fields of Vision” a contemporary photography exhibit

“Fields of Vision” a contemporary photography exhibit put on by Urbanite@ Case[werks] Gallery 1501 Saint Paul Street, Suite 116 Baltimore, MD 21202 . This gallery is a hidden gem- tucked away and not visible from the street.  The windows glowed with the art and warm people inside.

This “Fields of Vision” exhibit is a unique collection of works with artists across the country (different states) in addition to some Baltimore’s  artist who are members of the collective that call themselves:  (In parenthesis) – made up of J.M. Giordano (Modern Portraiture), Jill Fannon (performance in photography), Marian Glebes (landscapes), Sean Schiedt (alternative processing), Josh Sisk (photojournalism) and Dean Alexander (contemporary fashion).

Artists in the show included:

Milana Braslavsky
Mark Alice Durant
Aiden Simon
Laurie Snyder
John Wood
Regina DeLuise
Julie Denesha
Monica Lopassay
Rita Minissi
Matt Roth
Edward J. Winter
James Luckett

I was impressed with the variety of images, techniques used and styles portrayed.  There was everything from landscapes to edgy portraits (my favorite was J.M.’s bound couple).  I was also taken captive by the portraits done on metal,  the colors and images seemed to move and take on a life as you walked by them.  Amazing work. I also really enjoyed the books on display, they had several photo book in the displays.  And also on the top of my favorites list was the flower/plant prints ( I forget the technique- the technical term for those types of prints) seen right.

The reception was packed with chatting people enjoying wine, beer and  coffee, as well as Joe Squared pizza and other delicious finger foods.  I was very pleased with the exhibit and it’s statement of modern contemporary photography.  Since I am a mixed media collage artist ( see my work at http://www.katjohnston.yolasite.com ) and not a photographer it was nice to get some exposure to whats new and upcoming in the photo world.  A Job well done by  (In parenthesis) collectiveI will look forward to seeing future shows put on by this group! And now that I know of and whereabouts of Case[werks] I will also be keeping an eye out for upcoming event housed in their unique space (great high ceilings and big windows).  Great stuff. BRAVO!

 

 

 

Art Opening at Joe Squared Dec 1st: feeling the Baltimore love!

Solo exhibit of Kat Johnston is being held at Joe Squared (a fabulous bar/pizza restaurant in Baltimore) at their new location -Power Plant LIVE! The exhibit will be up till mid-Dec.  Last night’s opening was a really amazing good time! I was able to

Art exhibit at Joe Squared

meet some new people and enjoy spending time with a few of my NEW friends – I feel so thankful to be here in this Charmed City! I truly felt the Baltimore love last night! Everyone is so friendly and genuinely open and interested. I really enjoyed all the conversations I had with the attendees.  It was again just a wonderful art opening and social gathering! This was my third art exhibit since moving here to Baltimore (in Sept).  My first was at The Daily Grind cafe in Fells Point, second was Cafe Latte’Da also a coffee shop /cafe in Fells Point, and Joe Squared marks my third exhibit in Baltimore.  ALL 3 shows have been unique experiences, different but in good ways from each other.  Each one had its own distinct atmosphere and flare! I love here in Baltimore!!!

Artist Kat Johnston (Right) and Stephanie (one of my biggest fans!)

One of my friends commented on how prolific I have been , she remarked, ” everyday it seems like you are cranking out new artwork”, and she’s right! I mean not exactly everyday do I make artwork but it is very frequent that I get busy with the creative process, losing myself in the images and paint!  There is nothing more satisfying to me then to be making art, it truly is the thing I was born to do! Being an artist and creating art is my ultimate highest joy!  But my productivity hasn’t always been at the level it is now.  I shared with my friend, that it has only been since moving to Baltimore that my productivity and proliferation has been at an all time high! I really do think it is me being in the right place (Baltimore) and the energy that I feel

Artist Kat Johnston with one of the sold pieces "Ruby Shoes"

here!  Since moving into our new apartment in Mt.Vernon, I have created more NEW artwork then the total amount of work I created in a whole year (last year) living in Philadelphia.  So, needless to say I am very happy, very thankful that fate and a little bit of determination has landed us here in this charming magical city of Baltimore!

Several of my mixed media collages sold at this opening,  I am always so excited when my piece find new homes and take on

the next phase of their journey.  One such buyer is a gentleman who actually has been collecting art for over 30 yrs.  He shared with me a little about his collection, that he enjoys works on paper and has an “exhibit” up in his apartment of women artist’s self- portraits.  He decided to take two of my pieces to add to his collection although they are not works on paper.  I describe to him my process and the way I combine collage images , sometimes fragments of images, with painting, such as in “Killer of Innocence” – the tree (I pointed out) is half and half collage/ painted- unless you look closely you can’t tell where the collage part ends and the painting begins.  He must of liked that technique or the effects that it had as a whole, because he decided to purchase that piece.

Overall I had a great time and I feel such a warm welcome here in Baltimore. Thank you to all who attended this opening and I look forward to many more future positive experiences!! Thank you Baltimore, I really felt your love!

Friday’s Opening in Fells Point at Cafe Latte’Da

This past Friday Nov 18th, was the opening of the exhibit at Cafe Latte’Da. I wanted to share some of the photos and experiences of the evening.  Since the owner of the cafe, Jessica, was unable to attend, she suggested we do it ANOTHER opening! Have another event to celebrate the show! That will be scheduled for sometime mid- Dec – Details TBA

There were people who came to the show from the neighborhood, who were regulars to Cafe Latte’Da, others who attended said that they saw my ad on craigslist and wanted to see my work in person.  Also several of my friends attended as well as a few new people who I had only interacted with online (via twitter) and finally had the pleasure of meeting in person for the first time.  I sold artwork, which always is an exciting event.  I love finding new homes for my work.  It feels almost what I imagine an adoption might feel like!  I get excited about the idea of the work taking on a new journey, being on display and for a whole new audience to enjoy, expanded circle of people to see!

Artist Kat Johnston

"In Search"

“In Search” spoke to one woman – she asked me what it meant and after I told her , she nodded and said she could most definitely relate and it made sense to her then why she was so drawn in by the piece.  I was able to share with multiple people what my work means to me and the symbolism it has.

Another of the pieces I was asked about was “Onward”,  this gentleman was curious, drawn in but wasn’t sure what it meant – “what’s with all the rabbits?”  So I shared with him (and the other 4 or 5 people gathered around) that it

"Onward"

was inspired by a real life experience I had over the summer during a time frame when I was seeing rabbits everywhere, and not just one here and there, but multiple rabbits more then once a day for weeks at a time. They were everywhere I went! I shared that I personally believe in power animals as spiritual guides and when I realized I was seeing lots of bunnies everywhere I decided to look up what they symbolized- what were they trying to tell me?  I shared what the message was and how it related to the painting, about facing your shadow side, your fears and not running away and continuing to repeat same mistakes /patterns.  In the painting , “Onward” the bunnies are gathered around, waiting but not waiting or progressing in the line to get to their destination – instead they were waiting , in fear. “Onward” is about ceasing the day, taking action and getting the most out of life.  A message I needed to hear and that’s what the rabbits were trying to tell me, I listened and then made this painting as a reminder of the message.

To see more of Kat’s artwork, online at http://katjohnston.yolasite.com

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