Artist Website: http://www.niu.edu/art/faculty/Art-Studio/katie-kahn.shtml
Kahn began using the New York Times as a generative ground ten years ago, after the death of her father, Chicago artist, Max Kahn. Using only ballpoint pen and correction fluid, these bare-bones drawings were focused on the act of drawing itself, and were fueled by a desire to make work that was as close to pure content as possible. As the series progressed, gouache, metallic paints and gel pens were utilized to, among other things, shift and amplify the meanings of the often ironic juxtaposition of headlines, news photo, stories, and advertisements. Patterns of representation in both text and images were noted and formal strategies evolved - including layering, subtraction, subdivision and elaboration - to reveal, conceal and alter content.
Katie Kahn exhibits nationally, with solo exhibitions in Chicago, Houston, and New York. She received her MFA from Yale University and is a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist fellowship. She lives in Chicago and is an Associate Professor at Northern Illinois University.