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100 Colorado Creatives: Kate Petley

Kate Petley, "Double Door," resin panel.
Kate Petley, "Double Door," resin panel.

#63: Kate Petley

Kate Petley's lush and color-dominated resin panels contradict as they encapsulate gesture and motion in elegantly formal terms; she creates equally sophisticated sculptural and installation works that have garnered recognition across the West. An NEA Rockefeller Foundation grant winner, Petley is a full-time artist whose work can currently be seen as part of the group show Materialized, on view through June 27 at Robischon Gallery.

See also:

- Photos: Materialized explores the material side of abstraction at Robischon Gallery

- 100 Colorado Creatives: Amber Cobb

- 100 Colorado Creatives: Bruce Price

Kate Petley, "Tricky Power," resin panel.
Kate Petley, "Tricky Power," resin panel.

We asked Petley to share her point of view as a successful regional artist by taking our 100CC quiz. Read on for her answers.

Westword: If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?

Kate Petley: To respond within the framework of contemporary art, I'd like to collaborate with Katharina Grosse, Iza Genzken or, since I'm dreaming, architect Zaha Hadid, to name a few. 


Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?

This list changes constantly, but I'm currently looking at artwork by Raoul de Keyser, James Turrell, Charlene von Heyl, Thomas Nozkowski, Ellsworth Kelly, Jacqueline Humphries, Arlene Shechet and Richard Tuttle. The anonymous abstract paintings presented in the book Tantric Song by Franck Andre Jamme are incredible.

What's one art trend you want to see die this year?

The lurking tendency to believe that artists run out of good ideas and the ability to successfully execute them as they grow older. 



What's your day job?

I'm in the studio full time.



Continue reading for more from Kate Petley.

Kate Petley, "Blind Spot," resin panel.
Kate Petley, "Blind Spot," resin panel.

A mystery patron offers you unlimited funds for life. What will you do with it?

Establish a foundation to fund individual visual artist grants in Colorado. Travel. And find a private project for a large curtain wall of architectural art glass, so I can experience the thrill of seeing my work transferred into that medium. 
 


What's the one thing Denver (or Colorado) could do to help the arts?

Establish a vehicle to fund individual visual artist grants since there is nothing available, which is surprising and should be corrected.

Who is your favorite Colorado Creative?

Leanne Goebel, from Pagosa Springs in southwestern Colorado, because she does a great job of writing about artists from all over this region while living in this remote location, and she champions many different types of artwork. She has been instrumental in making the arts more visible and more viable.



Kate Petley, "Freak Flag," resin panel.
Kate Petley, "Freak Flag," resin panel.

What's on your agenda for the rest of 2013 and beyond?

This summer I will collaborate with Manneken Press in Bloomington, Illinois, to create a series of prints...exciting because I haven't worked in print mediums, and Manneken does amazing projects. I will also be stockpiling new work for the next exhibition.



Who do you think will get noticed in the local arts this year?

Everyone! The Denver arts community deserves rave reviews and national attention. It's time.

Throughout the year, we'll be shining the spotlight on 100 superstars from Denver's rich creative community. Stay tuned to Show and Tell for more, or visit the 100 Colorado Creatives archive to catch up.

Do you have a suggestion for a future profile? Feel free to leave your picks in the comments.


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