Kate McQuillen , I Forget the Details, 2019,  Acrylic on panel, 20 x 24 Inches

Kate McQuillen, I Forget the Details, 2019, Acrylic on panel, 20 x 24 Inches

Kate McQuillen

I Forget the Details
March 21 - May 4, 2019

Deanna Evans Projects is excited to announce I Forget the Details, a solo exhibition of Kate McQuillen’s new paintings. Trained in printmaking, McQuillen has been exploring the limits of the process to create new works on panel. The pieces are almost completely flat and feel brushless, the surface is powdery and soft, but the embedded imagery feels wet, retaining a sense of physicality.

Through intersecting gradients, McQuillen creates ranging fields of color. The flatness of the surface allows the colors to shift, depending on the angle at which the work is viewed. Moiré patterns, screenprinted “kiss” marks, and intentional water marks are used throughout the works, creating abstractions that suggest landscapes, both terrestrial and extra-terrestrial. She uses colors that shift into chromatic black to speak about the intersections of time and space, terminal points, endlessness, and what lies beyond.

Through this painstaking process, McQuillen has been able to create lush relationships between color and form. The subtlety of the hues invite us in and leave us wanting more.


McQuillen has exhibited at Super Dutchess (New York, NY), Massey Klein Gallery (New York, NY), the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (Salt Lake City, UT), Geoffrey Young Gallery (Great Barrington, MA), Western Exhibitions (Chicago, IL), and O’Born Contemporary (Toronto, Canada). Writings about her work have been included in such news outlets as Art in Print, Hyperallergic, Printeresting, The Chicago Tribune, and The Chicago Reader, and in publications by the Poetry Foundation, Columbia College Chicago and Rutgers University. She has attended residencies in the U.S. and abroad, including Mass MoCA, Ox-Bow, and Frans Masereel Centrum. She holds degrees from Massachusetts College of Art (BFA), and York University (MFA).