New Zealand artist Kate Newby, creates handmade, crudely constructed sculptural interventions appropriating the materials and vernaculars of architecture. Kate Newby’s works are poetic confrontations with spatial conditions and the fleeting nature of interactions. Through small as well as radical interventions into existing environments, she directs our view to what is often overlooked in everyday life. The objects she creates are testimonials to individual experiences, with the specific context of creation remaining inseparably linked to the resulting work.
For the exhibition “I can’t nail the days down” at Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz, Kate Newby continues her ongoing engagement with ephemeral and often peripheral situations. Therefore she created a large-scale work installed on the floor in the Karlsplatz building, using bricks as artistic material. The sculpture unfolds as a material texture that invites visitors to step onto the work, to move across the surface and encounter its details. The artist modified unfired bricks and inserted found elements: shattered glass, old coins and bits of clay collected, that through the firing process unexpected formations are produced.