Katie’s mixed-media paintings burst out from two-dimensional space in smears of concrete and swirls of neon color. After the first three seconds of trying to identify an object and failing, you’ll be inclined to smell, touch, and listen to these sites left behind by some mysterious encounter. Are the two circular marks in Katie’s FOMO series dinosaur footprints or the result of someone angrily punching at a slab of clay (my friend who makes ceramics does this…)? Prehistoric or Gen-Z? Wild moss or silica gel beads? Pools of magma or ketchup and mustard? You tell me.
Katie Hector (b. 1992) in Lawrenceville New Jersey, is an artist, curator, and writer currently based in New York City. Hector’s studio practice revolves around a series of process-based paintings that synthesize industrial materials to reimagine the colors, textures, and surfaces ubiquitously present within the urban environment. She earned a BFA in painting from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2014. While upholding a dedicated studio practice, Hector is also an independent curator, Partner at The Royal Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Founder, and Co-Director of Sine Gallery, and a founding member of The Culture Club, NYC. She has worked to organize and fundraise a variety of projects including international exhibitions, site-specific environmental installations, and over two dozen group shows, screenings, pop up events, and panel discussions. Hector's writing has been featured in a number of contemporary art publications including Arte Fuse, Two Coats of Paint, and ANTE Magazine. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally garnering her recognition in the form of awards, scholarships, and speaking opportunities some of which include: 2019 Arquetopia International Residency, the 2017 Picture Berlin International Residency, the 2016 Merit-Based Scholarship at Urban Glass, the 2014 Scott Cagenello Memorial-Prize, and the 2013 Ruth Crockett Award.