Kate M Blomquist

November 11 - December 9, 2018

184 Franklin St. New York NY 10013



Oil on aluminum, glass, acrylic, chain, 16mm film transfer, digital projector

The hand painted 16mm films I make are not exactly films. They are paintings set in motion. They contain gestures similar to those in my works on aluminum -- abstract, fluid, organic -- but are made visible by light passing through celluloid instead of reflecting off the metal substrate.

When installing the films, I choose to intercede in the projection. I put another lens, a piece of cut glass, in front of the beam of light to refocus the film, like a prism catching a ray of sun. You can feel the warm sun on your skin all day, but when you see the magic of the generated rainbow, it clarifies and intensifies that feeling.

Interference is about that change. An obstacle can stop us, or we can choose to let it change us, to find a way around and through. This is not an acceptance, but rather it is an understanding that the interference can create a magic we didn’t know we had.


Kate M. Blomquist (b. Milwaukee, WI) received an MFA from the Mason Gross School of Arts at Rutgers University and a BA in Visual Art from the University of Chicago. Her work has been exhibited at Regina Rex, NYC; SPRING/BREAK, NYC; Knockdown Center, Maspeth, Queens; and Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, among others. She has attended residencies at Vermont Studio Center, SPACE on Ryder Farm, and most recently she participated in the Tilleard Projects Art Residency in Lamu, Kenya. Kate lives and works in New York City.


I paint impermanence. The materials I work with, oil on aluminum and hand-painted 16mm film, are active surfaces where image, substrate, and light interact. They are animated ephemeral experiences of shifting light, color, and density that call to mind moments of simultaneous formation and destruction. These delicate forms provoke feelings of longing, loss, the transient quality of memory, and the passage of time.