Kate Hunt – Above the Couch

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Kate Hunt, Above the Couch (2012), Newspaper and steel, 12″ x 59″ x 10″. On view at Portland Art Museum (Apex) until August 31, 2014.

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Kate Hunt, Above the Couch (detail)

Kate Hunt’s Above the Couch is a layered, wall mounted sculpture made out of newspaper threaded on metal rods and then soaked in water. Apparently she even ages her sculptures outdoors through the Montana winter. The effect is a wonderful mix of the ephemeral and the monumental. Her sculptures begin with the daily newspaper, a perhaps vanishing cultural form, and then gives them a geological weight and permanence. For me her work recalls some of Richard Serra’s early sculpture and also softer work by the likes of Eva Hesse. There’s also something a bit morbid and sad about the piece as it is a record or an embalming of time, a highly compressed bundling of your daily reading and recycling.

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