Consisting of site-specific projects that form relationships with locations through actions, Kate Newby’s work engages with a wide range of situations using every-day actions and materials in order to displace and challenge how contemporary art is exhibited, viewed, and archived. These projects draw directly from the locations in which they are presented. Kate’s work bounces backwards and forwards between initial observations, the process of working, and the sites that she works in. Kate’s working methodology is immediate and responsive to events and people around her.
Kate Newby was born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1979. She graduated with a Doctor of Fine Arts from the University of Auckland’s Elam School of Fine Arts in 2015. In 2012 she was awarded the prestigious Walter’s Prize by international judge Mami Kataoka, chief curator at the Mori Museum of Art in Tokyo, Japan. Recent solo exhibitions include: the Biennale of Sydney (2018); I can’t nail the days down, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2018); Let me be the wind that pulls your hair, Artpace, San Antonio, TX (2017); Big Tree. Bird’s Eye, Michael Lett, Auckland (2016); The January February March, The Poor Farm, Wisconsin (2016); and Two aspirins a vitamin C tablet and some baking soda, Laurel Doody, Los Angeles (2015).
Kate Newby currently lives and works between Auckland, New Zealand and Brooklyn, New York.