Katie Duffy creates carnal and colorful transmedia mashups that protrude outside of easy definition and circle cheekily around deep issues of humanity. Duffy’s interest in emerging technologies and their relationship to the evolution of the human animal is what drives their practice. Working in the space between the digital and the physical, Duffy conjures entities into existence via code-based processes and digital fabrication. These entities fuse the aesthetics of digital devices with organic and semi-organic forms. Drawing from an expansive and obsessively created library of code snippets and computer-aided-design / computer-aided-manufacturing (CAD/CAM) forms, Duffy creates pieces that evolve and inherit attributes from each other. These entities can stand as singular organisms or be displayed as part of a larger gaggle.
Duffy’s public art and site-specific pieces hack the architecture of the gallery space by introducing playful environments awash in hypnotic video projections and striking abstract installations. Duffy’s installations produce fleshy terrains that challenge pre-conceived, stereotypical notions of the body. Duffy’s code drawings take the control away from the human artist by harnessing random functions and robotics in order to allow pieces to evolve. Here, a plotting machine reinterprets Duffy’s code, creating a copy that cannot be anticipated. With this process Duffy is interested in mimicking the way DNA and RNA has glitched or mutated over time to create new and improved copies of the same species.
Katie Duffy (American, b. 1987) lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. They received their MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014. Duffy’s ongoing art and code education project, Hack the Patriarchy, was a 2016 recipient of The Contemporary Museum’s (Baltimore) Grit Fund. Their recent solo shows include The Feminine Thing at Arlington Art Center (2015), with a forthcoming two-person show at the South Bend Museum of Art (2018). Recent solo projects include Electroplated Innards at Satellite Art Fair, Miami Beach with Terrault Contemporary. Recent group exhibitions include Flesh and Bone at Hillyer Art Space, Washington, D.C.; Vox XII at Vox Populi, Philadelphia; Lost in Translation at Satellite Art Show, Miami Beach (2016); Wave and Particle at School 33 Art Center, Baltimore; and Miami is Nice, Space Camp Baltimore (2017). Duffy currently serves as Assistant Professor of Art and Technology at Northeastern Illinois University.
Experience the art of Katie Duffy in Peripheral Vision No. 8
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