Kate Abercrombie creates gouache-on-board paintings that incorporate a wide array of images scavenged from mediated visual culture, as well as depictions of objects she lives with, subverting our expectations regarding medium, style, period, and technique. Abercrombie has long explored the convergence of popular culture and the self, interweaving personal and family narratives with contemporary and historical imagery. Her work references Cubism, Futurism, and American Precisionism, as well as earlier historical predecessors such as 19th century trompe l’oeil artists John Peto and William Harnett.
Abercrombie has an MFA from University of Texas at Austin and a BFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia. She has been included in exhibitions in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Vox Populi, Fleisher/Ollman, Little Berlin, and Black Floor. She has also shown at the Creative Research Laboratory, Austin, TX. In 2005, she received an Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts. In 2009, she was awarded a residency at the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT. Her work is in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Fabric Workshop and Museum.
Mount Airy Contemporary
May 11 – Jun 15, 2019
5-color screen print with real and imitation gold paint
Edition of 25, + AP
“Conjuring the Demons and Mysteries of Society through Painting”
—Stan Mir in Hyperallergic
Kate Abercrombie, Trevor Winkfield, Collage as Painting
“Like a perfectly matched duet; In ‘Collage as Painting’ at Fleisher/Ollman, two artists’ works are a study in synchronicity”
Kate Abercrombie, Trevor WInkfield, Collage as Painting
The Barnes Foundation
Jun 30–Oct 2, 2017
In 2014 artist Mohamed Bourouissa invited Philadelphia artists, including Anthony Campuzano & Kate Abercrombie, and Billy Dufala, to create costumes for the horses in a horse tuning event he was filming at a North Philadelphia stable. The resulting film, costumes, and ephemera have been exhibited at Kamel Mennnour, Paris; and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and are currently on view at the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia.
“18 Young, Heavy Hitters in the City’s Arts Scenes” in Billy Penn
Group show featuring Kate Abercrombie, Anthony Bowers, Shelby Donnelly, Chris Landau, Andrea Marquis, Lauren Sauder, Rebecca Saylor-Sack, Mary Smull, and Kate Stewart
Opening: Friday August 7, 6–10pm
August 7–30, 2015: Saturdays and Sundays, 2–6pm
Tiger Strikes Asteroid
319 N. 11th St, 2H
53 N. 2nd St, Philadelphia
Feb 7–Mar 15, 2015
Organized by Laris Kreslins, and including: Kate Abercrombie, Anthony Campuzano and the Dufala Brothers
Kate Abercrombie and Anthony Campuzano, and RAIR Philly (with Billy Dufala) will costume two of the horses for this weekend's Horse Tuning Expo, created by artist Mohamed Bourouissa.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
2626 Fletcher St. Philadelphia, PA 19132
Free and open to the public
Interview with Kate Abercrombie in Title Magazine
A review of exhibitions of work by Kate Abercrombie and John J. O'Connor, on view at the Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, is now featured in the Philadelphia Citypaper. Robin Rice describes Abercrombie and O'Connor as examples of "the promising younger artists whom Fleisher/Ollman Gallery has shown recently," comparing their "[p]rocesses and elements of automatic (chance-based) surrealism" to those of the self-taught artists the Gallery also represents.
Download review here, or read the review online.
"making, joining and repairing" and "C'OD(e)R" are on view through August 20th.