Collapsing the boundaries between sculpture, photography, and painting, Kate Petley reframes the history and meaning of the luminous surface to include the influence of the ever-present backlit computer screen. Emphasizing the transformation of common materials like cardboard, she prioritizes the relevance of positive change.
Sculptures made of castaway materials like cardboard are placed within intensely lit environments and photographed, with texture and pattern amplified to mythic proportions as the image is transferred to canvas. Forms float, lean, and impose themselves into atmospheric backgrounds, projecting like dramatic characters.
Selected areas are hand painted, increasing the slippage between mediums. There is such a deep integration of processes that they become lost in one another. Overturning media hierarchies, photography and painting are fused together in a shifting relationship made possible by technology.
Petley has solo exhibitions in 2020 at VonLintel Gallery in Los Angeles and the University of Colorado Art Museum (CUAM), curated by Director/Curator Sandra Firmin. Additionally, Petley has curated a nine-artist exhibition for the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, opening in the Fall.
Her work has been exhibited at MCA Denver, the Museum of South Texas, the Nicolaysen Museum, Fotofest Houston, the Martin Museum at Baylor University, Museum of the Southwest, the Arlington Museum of Art, and other institutions. Petley has been featured in twenty-seven solo exhibitions and has completed numerous public commissions and installations. She participated in PhotoIreland 2017 and is a Ucross Foundation Fellowship recipient. Awarded an NEA Rockefeller Foundation Grant, other residencies include the Mayer of Munich Architectural Art Glass studio in Germany and Platteforum Denver.
Collections include the Museum of Texas Tech University, the City of Houston, Fidelity Investments Boston and Denver, Stanford University, Morgan Stanley San Francisco, the Federal Reserve Bank Kansas City, and Polsinelli LLC in Dallas, Houston, Chicago, and Denver (Catalogue).
Born in New York, Kate lives and works near Boulder, Colorado.