A Declaration of Sentiments
Considering the centennial of women’s right to vote in NY State, this show is an interesting investigative mix of art and artifacts. Exhibition designed and curated by Carrie Feder. June 3 – August 20, 2017. Athens Cultural Center, Athens, NY. Yura Adams, Laurel Garcia Colvin, Ryder Cooley, Jenny Feder, Jeanette Fintz, Kate Hamilton, Valerie Hammond, Brece Honeycutt, Melora Kuhn, Carole Kunstadt, Louise Laplante, Susan Mastrangelo, Claudia McNulty, Portia Munson, Ruby Palmer, Christy Rupp, Susan Wides, Tricia Wright.
Arts, etc. Conversation with George Spencer (artist, filmmaker and writer) about work, life and art at WGXC Hudson NY. https://wavefarm.org/archive/24df78
Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY. December 7, 2016 – January 22, 2017. Opening Dec 10, 5-7PM.
Kate Hamilton, Allyson Levy, Laura Von Rosk, Louise Laplante, Andrea Moreau, Elizabeth Coyne and Eileen Murphy
first in the studio…and then in the gallery, rigged for action……(10.5′ high)
‘The Pussy Bow Shirt; a pretty present to be unwrapped?’, K. Hamilton, 2016
………………………….We walk our own way……………………………………………………..
‘En Masse III’, Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham, NY.
November 19, 2016 – January 8, 2017.
Life Preserved, 2016.
‘BETWEEN THE LINES’, SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge, NY. Nov 20 – Dec 11, 2015.
an investigation into how we live with clothes.
(photo by Suzy Jeffers)
Thank you to Suzy Jeffers whose expertise and energy made it possible to install this show. To Jim Fawcett for his marvelously clever giant snap rivet connectors for one of the large sculptures. And to Michael Asbill and his 20th Century Art History class, who turned off the lights at the opening, wheeled out overhead projectors and projected their own interpretive texts and images onto the garment sculptures! The class: Keysla Class Colon, Jennifer Hoffman, Tiffany Incorvaia, Deirdre Kenney, Sam Lieghing, Taylor Liberati, Chris Pratten, Cheyenne Rossler, Terriann Smith, Rachel Steyer, Victoria VanEtten and Elena Yess. Thanks also to Tona Wilson for her projector guidance and know-how and to Jessica Poser for loaning several great projectors.
This show is dedicated to the memory of my mother, Helen S. Hamilton.
THE OTHER’S OTHER‘ premiered at the O+Festival (Kingston, NY). October 10-11, 2015.
Collaboration with Tona Wilson.
Big thanks to Jim Fawcett for his help rigging the shirts, and to Michael Asbill who helped get the projectors securely lodged high in the corners of the room.
We had a great time. Our four hours of ‘show time’ stretched to eight, because people kept coming! Ropes were pulled, and the two giant shirts moved and responded to each other, while Tona Wilson’s wonderful quirky videos flashed info onto the moving shirts and the people moving them. We had visitors of all ages, and were blown away by two dancers who improvised an impromptu Butoh-style dance with the black shirt!
‘It’s a Big World in There.’
Check out Stephen Blauweiss’ wonderful ARTSCENE Web TV series. Episode 3 has a really nice video interview about ‘It’s a Big World in There’!
Westbeth Gallery, 55 Bethune Street, NYC. NY 10014
May 2-17, 2015. Opening May 2, 6-8PM. Artists’ talk May 3, 4PM.
A group show of work produced by visual artists and performers, in response to Steve Clorfeine’s call for work using the actual postcards and letters of correspondence he and others wrote back and forth over many, many years.
March 7, 2015 – April 18, 2015 Large Works Roxbury Arts Center, Roxbury NY.
Mid-Hudson Heritage Center, Poughkeepsie NY. March 14 – April 18.
This show explores the ways in which creativity is expressed in various ways through many generations of a single family. Twelve families explore this question.
Jan 10, 2015 – Feb 28, 2015. Extreme Surfaces Greene County Council on the Arts, 398 Main Street, Catskill, NY. Opening reception January 17, 5-7PM. Burqas, life vest…..
November 22, 2014- Jan 4, 2015. En Masse Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham, NY.
Group show of intriguing small pieces. Collars, cuffs and shoes.
Nice article by Amy Griffin about this show:http://www.timesunion.com/entertainment/article/Working-miniature-on-a-large-scale-5963260.php
November 11- Dec 11, 2014: Tunxis Community College, Farmington, CT.
Solo show of room-sized clothes, framed collars and sideways shoes.
November 1 – 29, 2014: In Plain Sight KMOCA Kingston, NY. Burqas and shoes! Back to human scale in paper. Party opening Nov 1, 5-8PM. Gallery open each Saturday in November, from 1-4 PM.
September 12-13, 2014: Micro-Festival of Unfinished Puppetry. Installation presentation of interactive portions from ‘It’s a Big World In There’. The audience became the puppeteers by pulling ropes to make three giant garments move through video images created by Tona Wilson. The clothes whipped like sails, in time to a soundtrack by Jonathan Elliott. We got great feedback and had a blast in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec!
July 2014: Artist in Residence at Women’s Studio Workshop. Working in the C H R C H Project Space, I made two new large pieces, and experimented with rigging to make the garment sculptures move. Artist Tona Wilson (video) and Jonathan Elliott (sound) collaborated with me to create an interactive, site-specific installation piece (‘It’s a Big World in There’) for the former church space. Our project can be seen in these two videos by Stephen Blauweiss. Thanks WSW and CHRCH!!!!
Tunxis Community College: In November, I’ll install a show in the Barnes-Franklin Gallery at Tunxis in Farmington, Ct.
Ongoing project: bring the La Voix Humaine opera to venues in the US.
Big Shoes To Fill. Solo show at Thompson-Giroux gallery, Chatham, NY.
January 11 – March 9, 2014. Opening Saturday, January 11, 4 -6 PM.
Hours: Thursday – Mon, 11-5 PM
Please note that the gallery will be closed throughout the month of February.
La Voix Humaine A telephonic opera written by Poulenc to a Cocteau monologue. Concept: Valerie Arias and Kate Hamilton. Directed by Claudia Blersch, Musical direction by Giancarlo Prossimo, singer Valerie Arias, costume and set by Kate Hamilton. Theater Rigiblick, Zurich.
Oct 25/26, 2013 Wrench: Part 1 ArtsEmerson (Boston, MA). Written by Elana Greenfield. Costumes by Kate Hamilton. Directed by Kenneth Prestininzi. Sleeping Weazel presents this play as part of an evening with two monologues by Mac Wellman (Horrocks and Yu World Woo).
Sept/October 2013. Off the Rack: Seeing Through Clothes Exhibition/Installation. Daniels Art Center, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Great Barrington, MA.
DaDa Spill. An underground DaDa event. Collaboration Kate Hamilton/Marian Schoettle. July 28, 2013 Hamilton/Marian Schoettle. We’ve been working together on this for about 3 years. It was performed/exhibited/installed/occurred in a mine in RosNY. It was a crazy, wonderful event, thanks to over 20 wonderful participants who made it happen. Mine meets bureaucracy meets document processing and storage, meets the world of today… a brave, disturbed world! A Multi-media art/theater extravaganza! See many images of the collaborative event below. Please visit our website at http://www.themineproject-dadaspill.net!
Entry/release form to be filled out by entrants into the mine.
Paper helmets wait to be worn by entrants into the mine to illuminate the events underground. (Photo by Cindy furlong)
DaDa Spill: Nancy Graham sews shredded identity forms together to create new identities that she then sends off by clothesline for eternal storage in the depths of the mine. (photo by Cindy Furlong)
Nov/Dec 2012 Dwelling in Clothes Koussevitsky Gallery at the Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield. Benigna Chilla, Director. A mix of human and room size paper clothing.
Sept 2011 Alte Liebe Neu performed in Zurich at the Cigarette
Factory. Valerie Arias, mezzo soprano, sang, while moving around the space, switching costumes throughout. Original compositions by Swiss composer Martin Dehrungs, as well as familiar classical composers. Musical Director, Giancarlo Prossimo. Costumes, Kate Hamilton
The big shirt showed at KMOCA (Kingston, NY) in July, and then again in the big tent as part of the COTA festival (New Paltz) in October. (see images below)
The big bonnet was installed in Catskill in the Masters on Main, Mark on Main show, from early July until end of October. (See below)
I’m glad to have been included in the NYFA Hudson Valley MARK ’12 Bootcamp group. We first met in late April and other sessions cropped up during these past six months as well. It’s a good, good program. Thank you NYFA!
The Closet of Nothing was reinstalled at the West Kortright Centre (East Meredith, NY) last year. The environment was experienced from mid July through the end of August, 2012
Collaborations!Wrench (with Elana Greenfield, playwright) performed in May in Boston at The Factory Theater. A short play for two women and two life vests. A very cool short play which takes place in unspecified time of flood and war. It is a play about staying alive in a dangerous and dark world. The two women live on the top of ladders and keep things they need for life inside their life vests.
We are currently working to make the playlet longer!
Worn Words (a collaboration with Marian (Mau) Schoettle). Marian and I had a fantastic art residency in September at the Womens Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY. This is an amazing place. We spent out time mostly in the papermaking studio working on paper components we are now using to create wearable clothing out of paper for a performance/exhibition planned for a Rosendale mine in 2013. Our project focuses on local labor history and the transformation of 19th century mines into 20th/21st century document storage facilities. Stay tuned!
La Voix Humaine
Continuing with the Bluebird creative partnership in Zurich, we are currently working on a new piece: La Voix Humaine. This is a one woman opera sung entirely into the telephone! It focuses on obsession, voyeurism, betrayal and loss and the impact of our intersection with technology. We are developing an exciting staging for this, and hope to have it up and running by the end of 2013! Other Bluebird news is that Valerie Arias and Giancarlo Prossimo premiered a new show, including new music composed by Swiss composer Martin Dehrungs, in September at the Cigarette Factory in Zurich: Alte Liebe Neue
So There is so much going on! Fantastic collaborations, and wonderful exhibition experiences! The theater and art arenas are moving ever closer!
now, here are a few images relating to the above news:
And here is an article about the Closet of Nothing from its showing in 2011.
Since July 16, Unison’s Water Street Market Gallery has been filled with clothes, but you may have trouble seeing them: the overalls, tee-shirts, slips, dresses, men’s formal shirt and cummerbund and hats are sewn out of waxed paper (actually an archival glassine paper – a step up from the stuff that you buy at the supermarket). When the room is full of light, one is more apt to see the details of their construction: seams, crinkles, pockets, zippers, hooks, snaps, buttons and buttonholes. “They’re like 3-D X-rays. You can see through them, and they kind of glow,” noted their creator, Kate Hamilton.
Titled “The Closet of Nothing,” the show, which runs through August 15, reflects Hamilton’s fascination for clothing and the way that it signifies the self (or selves, given what clothes indicate about gender, age and class). “Clothes are like shells of identity,” she said. Like the skins shed by the snakes that inhabit the area around her New Paltz home, they are ephemeral and double-edged, signifying absence as much as the body’s presence. Hamilton has used wood and cloth to construct her conceptual clothing and costumes, but paper predominates, and the waxed paper is perhaps the most extreme medium – just a step away from nothing.
“I was reading Derrida and I came up with the idea of using a material that’s intrinsically valueless,” noted Hamilton. “It’s also extremely lightweight. The stuff looks like it will float away and is made out of nothing.” Yet sewing the waxed-paper clothing was anything but easy, resulting in many rips and discards. Barely there and yet solidly constructed, the pieces are full of contradictions, Hamilton noted.
Hamilton, who teaches costume design to high school and middle school students in Brooklyn, has previously shown her work at New Paltz’s Rock and Snow store, the Dorsky Museum and the Beacon Theater. She has designed costumes for theatrical, operatic and dance performances in New York City, Zurich and Berlin, constructing a skirt with a 35-foot circumference for a singer in a performance by Theater Skok, Zurich, for example, and designing transparent 19th-century aprons with feathers attached for performers suspended from wires in a store window in a Berlin gallery.
Among the projects on which she is working currently is a performance of The Human Voice, a one-woman opera written by Poulenc, for a Zurich theater. The mezzo-soprano sings into a telephone and gets sporadic communication back, and Hamilton’s paper clothes reinforced the theme of the tenuousness of communication and life. One idea being explored is to have the piece simultaneously performed in Ulster County, with Hamilton’s costumes perhaps transmitted to the stage as video images.
As a child growing up in Pennsylvania, Hamilton never dreamed that she’d be making art from clothing; the family expected the children to sew their own clothes as a way of saving money, and Hamilton hated it. She studied Art in college and after graduating was doing carpentry in New York City when she discovered the Millinery District and became entranced. Soon she had founded a children’s hat and clothing business called ETAK. After she closed the business, she started making costumes for her kids’ school performances, and “It really clicked. I loved the shapes of the clothes and how they got made. They seemed almost aberrant.” She ended up teaching three-dimensional design at Parsons, and also taught a costume workshop at the West Kortright Centre’s teen Shakespeare Workshop, in Delaware County.
The Gallery, located in the Water Street Market just off lower Main Street in New Paltz, is open every day of the week from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. All the clothes in the show are technically wearable (they’re women’s size 8) and float freely in the space, suggesting an environment that’s akin to a dream or being underwater. To view Kate Hamilton’s work, visit http://www.katehamiltonstudio.com.