b. 1976, Anchorage; d. 2017, Santa Fe
Garvey|Simon is sad to report the loss of artist Kate Carr. Kate passed away on April 27 due to complications from ovarian cancer. She was 40 years old. She will be missed dearly.
Kate received her MFA in Sculpture from the University of Iowa in 2005. Although her early work was marked by playfulness and wit, over the years Kate's aesthetic developed into a patient, searching minimalism. She was influenced by modernist masters Eva Hesse and Agnes Martin, the latter of whom she spent time with on an early artistic pilgrimage to Taos.
Kate loved and respected everyday materials--felt, wood, paper, thread--and let the forms of her sculptures be guided by the properties of their materials. Many of her pieces use repetition and juxtaposition to explore the qualities of line, the formal quality that most intrigued her. In her artist statement Kate wrote, "I look for line in the world. It has a rhythm, a hum. It both differentiates space and connects it."
Kate had solo exhibitions in New York, Dallas, Marfa, Indianapolis, and Santa Fe. She received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2010, and was a resident artist at the Ucross Foundation, the Jentel Artist Residency Program, the Harwood Museum, and the MacDowell Colony. Her first New York exhibition, at Garvey|Simon Gallery in Chelsea, opened in October 2014.
Kate Carr was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. She graduated from Marlboro College in Marlboro, Vermont and received her MFA in sculpture from the University of Iowa. She has completed residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, the Harwood Museum, Jentel, and the MacDowell Colony. She is also a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Kate has lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico since 2007. Her work explores material relationships through repetition, juxtaposition, and contemplation.