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Writing Forms

Hawthorn Contemporary is pleased to announce the opening of "Writing Forms" featuring Chicago based artist Caroline Kent. Kent is a multidisciplinary artist working in drawing, painting, sculpture and performance to explore where language, abstraction and painting converge. She states, “To consider how a painting language connects image to object, eludes location and is expanded through acts of translation.”

"Writing Forms" will feature Kent’s specific response to the gallery space with installation consisting of paintings and sculptures that simultaneously articulates and questions language and painting. She asks the viewer to consider language as a form not to be translated but to be deciphered.

Caroline Kent earned a BS in Art at Illinois State University (1998) and an MFA at the University of Minnesota (2008). Kent has exhibited nationally at The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, The Flag Art Foundation, NY, The DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, The California African American Museum, LA, and will be participating in Duro: Seeing Chicago, an upcoming exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Kent has received grants from The Pollock Krasner Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, and The Jerome Foundation. In 2018, she was a Fellow at Paint School, a New York based program of Shandaken Projects. Last year, Kent was a finalist for the Artadia Chicago award. Kent’s work is currently in the collections of The Walker Art Center, MN, the Joyner/Giuffrida Collection and The Art Institute of Chicago.

Her work is currently on view in the exhibition Five Ways In: Themes From The Collection at The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN.


Installation View: To speak before spoken to, 2018

Image Credit: Nouhtrang Thao

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