An Ocean Without Water

Philip J. Steele Gallery

Thursday, May 25th to Sunday, Jul 16th

Exhibition by Katie Torn
Exhibition Dates: May 25 – July 16, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 4-7 p.m.
Philip J. Steele’s East Gallery
RMCAD campus: 1600 Pierce Street. Lakewood, CO 80214
Free and open to the public


About the Exhibition
An Ocean Without Water is an immersive video installation that wades through manic representations of popular culture debris in order to contemplate subjects such as: hyper-capitalism; the female body; and the thin veneer of identity used to defend the status quo. Using 3D animation composited with video, Torn pairs the visuals of consumer waste with imagery of her childhood. Old toys, GIFs and screen savers mix together with plastic detritus and toxic fluids to create a lively landscape that are visual sentiments of impending doom. The videos in An Ocean Without Water will be projected on walls and displayed on HD LED TVs. Torn’s work will cover several themes: the blending of 80s and 90s nostalgia; imagined ocean floors constructed from discarded Internet and consumer culture; and an Instagram human/avatar-conflated identity that performs for a social network.

About the Artist
Katie Torn holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2012) and BA from Hunter College (2007). Through her practice, Katie Torn integrates 3D computer graphics and video to model virtually simulated scenes out of the detritus of internet and consumer culture. Collecting discarded products and elements available online, Torn’s digital assemblages carry traces of former consumer eras and web browsing histories. Katie Torn has exhibited and screened her work at national and international locations including the Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv (2015); XPO Gallery, Paris (2015); Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2105); Art in General, New York (2015); Postmasters, New York (2014); Upfor Gallery, Portland (2014); MOMA PS1, New York (2014); and MOCA, Los Angeles (2013). Torn was a 2013 Fellow at the Eyebeam Art & Technology Center and a 2014 Artist in Residence at Alfred University. She is currently a resident at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Process Space.