Cultural and political institutions impress upon our lives in conscious and unconscious ways. Without often knowing, we tend to mirror and revere the way large and powerful establishments confine us. In fact, these institutions may function as contemporary icons for our own social and personal space-making.
Drawing upon historic and contemporary icons from our unconscious reality, the work explores a sacred/profane dichotomy using mark making generated in a method similar to automatic writing. This content is drawn from myths and is seen in fragmented and compartmentalized layers. Graphic shapes are synthesized into a seamless, cacophonous flow. This is a flow harnessing a frenzied vigor; an energy that ricochets between what confines and what we try to reach.
Kim Reid Kuhn resides in Omaha, Neb. and engages in personal studio practice, teaching and curating. Her painting and drawing works utilize iconic imagery and mark making generated in a method much like automatic drawing. The artist holds a BFA in studio art from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She participates in residencies throughout the country and has been featured in regional solo and group shows. Reid's passion for collaboration has led her to social practice and partnership with local, national and international artists, as well as to open Sweatshop Gallery in the Benson District of Omaha.
born: 1970, Nebraska
University of Nebraska at Omaha, BFA, 1996
2013 Omaha Arts Awards Best 2D Artist
2013 Omaha Arts Awards Best Two Person Exhibition,"Golden Guts"
Feast Grant for Sweatshop Gallery, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art
La Femmes Folles | 2013
selected solo or two-person exhibits
The Sacraments of Domesticity, Nebraska Arts Councilís Fred Simon Gallery, Omaha, Nebraska, 2014
piss yard, Tugboat Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska, 2013
Sophisticated Beasts, RNG Gallery, Council Bluffs, Iowa, 2012
Golden Guts, Bemis Underground, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011
selected group shows
2014 Survey of Omaha Artists, Omaha Public Library, Omaha, Nebraska, 2014
Fresh Prints, Constellation Studios, Lincoln, Nebraska, 2014
Greater Nebraska Juried Exhibition, Lux Center, Lincoln, Nebraska, 2014
7Dead, NewBLK, Omaha, Nebraska, 2013