What does it mean to be a squishy being in a world with hard edges? This question is the call at the heart of my practice, with responses that oscillate between ‘gravity and grace’ (Simone Weil).
Through a process of bricolage the works are assembled from a wide range of cast-off things and overlooked images, functioning as a web of interrelated games in a crash-test world. A teenager stuffing his bed with pillows before sneaking out. Frankensteining solutions. Making golems in the dark.
Thank you for visiting this place and looking at some things, have a safe onward journey.
Kristin Nason was born in Boston, MA (1979) and received a BFA from UMass Amherst and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is co-founder of Island Farm Press in San Diego. Her most recent solo-exhibition, Exeunt Omnes , was mounted at BEST PRACTICE (San Diego) in February 2020.
After a lifetime in cold climates, she currently lives and works in unsettlingly sunny San Diego with her partner in utopian dreaming and a few plants.
b. 1979, Boston, MA
2009-2011: Master of Fine Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1997-2001: Bachelor of Fine Art, Cum Laude. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Solo-show: Exeunt Omnes, BEST PRACTICE, San Diego, CA
Two-person show: The Department of Things, Atomix, Chicago, IL
Group show: Reclaim, St. Louis Artist Guild, St Louis, MO
Group show: Eye Level, SITE Sharp, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Group show: Fun Size, Treat Gallery, New York, NY
Group show: Twelve Variations: HATCH Artist Residents In Context, Chicago Artists’ Coalition, Chicago, IL
Group show: Off Center, Chicago Art Department, Chicago, IL
Group show: Indelicate Objects, Chicago Artists’ Coalition, Chicago, IL
Solo show: Decoy, Autumn Space, Chicago, IL
Group show: House:Home, Kimmel Gallery NYU, New York, NY
Group show: Front and Center, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
Group show: Second City Psychastenia, Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York, NY
Group show: Tom Young, South Gallery, Greenfield, MA
Group show: Assemble, Carousel Project Space, Chicago, IL
Group show: Taking It To the Streets, Worcester, MA
Group show- Reasons to Leave the Slaughter, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Group show- School of the Art Institute of Chicago MFA Graduate Thesis Exhibition, Sullivan Gallery, Chicago, IL
Two-person show- Call and Response, Gallery X, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Solo show- 16/28:Places/Years, Hampden Gallery, UMass Amherst, MA
Solo show- Cold Storage, Incubator Gallery, UMass Amhesrt, MA
Two-person show- Skin Deep, Museum of Fine Arts, Sartu Mare, Romania
Billboard Installation- Dirigible, Hadley, MA
Group show- Portrait, Vermont Center for Photography, Brattleboro, VT
Group show- South Gallery, Greenfield, MA
Group show- Landscape, Mocha Mayas, Shelburn Falls, MA
Group show-Insight Photography Benefit Auction, Vermont Center for Photography, Brattleboro, VT
Group show-With Out Borders- The Constructed Realities of Image and Object, Vermont Center for Photography, Brattleboro, VT
Solo show-The Floating World, Bernardston Self-Storage, Bernardston, MA
Group show-New Perspectives in Landscape, Olive Street Gallery, Greenfield, MA
Group show-Image/Object, South Gallery, Greenfield MA
Chicago Artists’ Coalition, Hatch Project Residency, November 2012- November 2013
Hyde Park Art Center, The Center Program, February 2012- August 2012
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, MFA Trustees Full Tuition Merit Scholarship 2009-2011
Publications and Press
Work featured on Netflix Original Series, Easy, 2019
Featured in ‘Site95: Contemporary Art Journal’, Feb. 2012, www.site95.org/_artistarchives/nason/site%2095_nason.html/
The New Yorker, Feb 13&20 2012, http://www.newyorker.com/arts/events/art/second-city-psychasthenia-meislin
Featured in ‘Critic’s Pick’- Time Out Magazine, May 2011, Chicago, IL.
Featured in ‘Meet the Class of 2011’- ArtLog, Contemporary Art Guide. http://artlog.com/posts/54-meet-the-class-of-2011