Colorado Creatives

100 Colorado Creatives: Kate Petley

#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

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.



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