Kate Newby | Let the Other Thing In

KATE NEWBY
LET THE OTHER THING IN
JUNE 27 – SEPTEMBER 8, 2013
FOGO ISLAND GALLERY

On a low-lying platform, the artist places groupings of kiln-fired rocks and sticks she made while living on the Fogo Island. Newby assigns each group a title, suggesting a system is at work. The artist derives this from a similar preference Fogo Islanders have for assigning names to places, landmarks and things. All photos: © Guy L’Heureux 

EXHIBITION ESSAY
IT’S THE SMALL OFTEN VAGUE THINGS
BY JENNIFER KABAT

1. Kate Newby pulls a pebble from her pocket. Green and smooth, the stone feels fragile. She’s stands by a frozen pond on Fogo Island. Next to her PJ Decker turns it over and asks, “Did you paint it?” assuming it’s a real rock, found here on this island, that’s rocks on rock. He passes it back, and I skim it across the ice. The pebble is painted; it’s been glazed and isn’t rock, not in the traditional sense, but porcelain, made by Kate to be skipped in water. Bringing up the question: How can you throw art into a pond? Continue reading essay →