Chicago artist Kat Seno specializes in modifying and reinterpreting found objects and images into her works of art. In preparation for her upcoming show at Audio Archaeology, I asked Kat some questions about her inspiration, process, and artwork. Everyone is invited to meet Kat and ask their own questions during her show on Friday, April 10th, starting at 6:00PM, at Audio Archaeology, 1324 W Devon Ave. You can read a short artist bio here. You can RSVP and get a sneak peak of her pieces and the mural she painted for the event here.
How did you find Audio Archaeology and decide to plan a show there?
“I found Audio Archaeology while working on an art commission for my friend Amy. She gave me a tour of the neighborhood so that we could gather materials for her collage. It was important to Amy that her art piece reflect the world directly around her, and Audio Archaeology was one of the places she identified with. Amy introduced me to John, because she was a regular, and explained our endeavor to him. We quickly learned all the ways that Audio Archaeology supports Chicago artists, and John (the store’s owner) offered me the opportunity to submit my work for a pop-up exhibition in the store. It has been great working with Audio Archaeology over the past few months leading up to this show. They are never short of vintage materials to manipulate and transform into new works of art. It is a very natural collaboration.”
You originally created some pieces for display before Christmas; after getting to know the store and some of the people who shop there, how did your inspiration for the new pieces and display change?
“The pieces in this show span the course of over two years. I never expected to exhibit them, because they are so different from the paintings and drawings that I originally established myself on as an artist. My Godmother, Carol Mollica was a collage artist and co-created the nationally recognized zine Collage Cat that was featured in Somerset Studio Magazine. I began making collages in memory. We had always created art together. I choose to continue her work after she was gone. The thing that fascinated us about college is how much it reflects and is affected by the environment surrounding an artist. The materials to create a collage come from what is physically within reach, so that in-turn informs what shape the imagery takes. In working with Audio Archaeology, it was inevitable that the series took on some of it’s retro style. Pieces in the colleges, such as children’s records, will look familiar to regular customers.”
Explain how someone may experience your show, entering for the first time.
“This series is hung on a life size mural of a silhouetted tree. The tree is bent over from the current of a strong wind. The artworks are perched on the branches of the tree as leaves are blown from it and a family of birds enjoy it’s shelter. Needless to say, this is a very narrative exhibition that strategically asks the viewer to draw a correlation between the mural and the individual artworks.”
What groups or types of people do you think would enjoy your show? Who would you like to invite?
“As a pop-up exhibition, this show is intended to be very accessible. I believe that art should not be limited to galleries and museums. Art should exist all around us in the everyday situations that we identify with as commonplace. Audio Archeology is a great place where you can experience art while going about life. This is literally a show designed for everyone, because everyone should have the opportunity to appreciate quality art.”
Audio Archaeology specializes in restoring vintage record player consoles and turntables and has a large selection of new and used vinyl records as well. The store, who just recently celebrated its one year anniversary, is hosting Record Store Day on April 18th, when hundreds of records will be released that day and only in participating independent records stores.
– By Nick Kuttin