Hosted twice a year, BWP’s Live Residency offers the opportunity for artists to create new work within the gallery during open hours. The residency’s goal is to create a space for artists to complete works that go beyond their past scale or scope, and to provide the public with a venue to interact with the artist, ask questions, and see the process of making. Each residency concludes in a solo exhibition that includes work created during their time in the space.
Kat Geng uses play – as a practice and an outcome – to imagine objects with renewed purpose in her colorful mixed media sculptures and immersive installations. With a conceptual foundation and a dose of humor, Geng adopts discarded belongings and gives them fresh context through unexpected pairings often sprinkled with scribbles, scrawls or gestural brush strokes. Mirroring her nomadic lifestyle, Geng creates shifting environments and assemblages that reflect her longstanding relationship with movement. In her work she embraces the heyday of mix tapes and floppy discs while addressing themes of intimacy and suffering.
After earning a B.A. in art history from Bard College, she received her objects training in art conservation at The Williamstown Art Conservation Center, MA. Geng has recently shown at The Luggage Store Gallery, SWIM gallery, Root Division and Incline Gallery in San Francisco where her studio practice is based and ProArts in Oakland. Geng recently had a solo exhibition, Lost in The Found, at Royal Nonesuch Gallery in Oakland and is currently a Counterpulse Artist Activator. Her artist residency in May will culminate in a solo show at Black & White Projects, San Francisco.