Kathryn Siegler’s acute observation, laser focus, and healthy appreciation of irony, illuminate and transform discarded objects of the past, imbuing them with meaning and substance for a contemporary viewer. Classic black and white films, typography, vintage packaging and neon signs combine to form her muse. Though Kathryn Siegler is a painter with a thoroughly modern American perspective, much of the artist’s imagery focuses on subjects that invoke the past.
“I use what seem to be innocent vintage objects to send contemporary, sometimes ironic, societal messages. I appreciate the quality of the packaging and the artistry of design in these everyday objects and signs, the humor and wit in the product names and copy, all of which were meant to be consumed and discarded. But when the objects are isolated and showcased, people see them in a completely different light and they take on whole new meanings, multiple meanings, and manipulated meanings. My mission is to seduce viewers with the details and create a visual dialogue with my work.”
With a deft hand, Siegler employs transparent paint layers to achieve the luminosity in her work. She creates mood, depth, and meticulous details which give her objects their unique identity. Like the many layers in her paint, she also employs layers of meaning in the objects that she chooses. The multifaceted text found within these subjects, combined with dramatic light and shadow, serve to communicate her seductive, thought provoking, skillfully composed paintings.
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|University of Wisconsin (Bachelor of Fine Arts), Milwaukee, WI
|Maine Photographic Workshop
2013 Kim Foster Gallery, NY
2006 Adler & Co. Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2015 HeavyLite, Kim Foster Gallery, NY
2014 L’Avventura, Kim Foster Gallery, NY
2007/2008/2009/2010 Los Angeles Art Show, Los Angeles, CA (Adler & Co. Gallery)
2006 Realist Tendencies on Paper, Block Museum of Art, Northeastern University, Chicago, IL
Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
FREELANCE DESIGN / ILLUSTRATION
March 1983 to February 2003 Projects have included:
Chronicle Books- designer for the children’s book division,
Weldon Owen Publishing- art directed and designed line of 18 children’s books,
CBS Television- comp illustration for movie advertisements,
Co-created and illustrated The VC The Surreal World of Silicon Venture Capital web site and book,
Intervisual Books- designed adult gift pop-up book,
Todtree Productions- designed coffee table book Cigars,
Illustrated pop-up books Making Faces and Tell Me About When I Was A Baby,
Foote, Cone & Belding-created four illustrations for Mazda display Panels,
Seiniger Advertising- illustration for Little Shop of Horrors movie ad,
Reading’s Fun- Designed The Monet Collection gift box and notecards .
Art Director/Illustrator Intervisual Books Inc. Los Angeles , CA – February 1993 to August 1996
Graphic Designer Worldwide Retail – Warner Bros. Consumer Products Los Angeles, CA – May 1992 to Feb 1993
Art Director/Illustrator – The Mednick Group Los Angeles, CA – February 1986 to May 1992
Display Fashion Stylist –May Company Los Angeles, CA- August 1981 to March 1983