Kathryn Andrews (b. 1973, Mobile, Alabama) channels the legacies of both pop art and minimalism, often juxtaposing readymades and found imagery (such as certified film props and licensed photographs) with fabricated, meticulously finished forms. The reflective surfaces of Andrews’s work call attention to the act of looking and reveal the ways in which images and cultural symbols are rooted in the physical world. Through such combinations, she examines latent power dynamics in acts of desire and consumption, and addresses the implied violence of dominant image histories from a feminist perspective to open up new, more critically aware ways of seeing. Her work takes shape in a variety of media, including sculpture, large-scale printmaking, and performance; the viewer’s body is always an implied, and often direct, subject of her practice.
Kathryn Andrews has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the DePaul Art Museum, Chicago (2020), MSU Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing (2017); High Line, New York (2016); Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas (2016) and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2015); Bass Museum of Art, Miami (2014); and Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany (2013). Her work will be included in Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys: The Circus Motif in Contemporary Art, Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland, from September 16 through December 3, 2023. She has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including Ecstatic: Selections from the Hammer Contemporary Collection, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2023); Tense Conditions, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Germany (2021); Graphic Pull: Contemporary Prints from the Collection, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina (2020–2021); In Production: Art and the Studio System, Yuz Museum, Shanghai (2020); Good Dreams, Bad Dreams: American Mythologies, Aïshti Foundation, Beirut (2016); NO MAN’S LAND: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, Rubell Family Collection, Miami (2015); The Los Angeles Project, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2014); and Made in L.A. 2012, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Her work is in the permanent collections of de la Cruz Collection, Miami; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Musuem Ludwig, Cologne, Germany; Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, North Carolina; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, among others. Andrews lives and works in Los Angeles.Andrews lives and works in Los Angeles.