Exploring human consciousness and the universal—micro and macro—through balance and chaos.
"Through my work I process and make sense of a vast data input in a disconnected information age where I grope for deeper meaning and to feel whole and safe. I’m fascinated by the farthest reaches of distant galaxies, and how the tiniest particles and waves in the natural world are distilled by science into mathematics. I am awed at the discovery by quantum physicists that consciousness is the ground of all being. My investigation of these sources of inspiration appears in my work through expressionistic light and luminous color, violently splattered and softly sprayed paint, liquid drips, and photo transfers and collaged flotsam and jetsam as a reminder of our media reality. Balanced geometric line drawings on multiple interplaying panels, weave their message, forming a cohesive whole of separate parts where I begin to see the unity of all things. The paintings I make juxtapose geometric symbols of ancient human cultures—the sacred geometries of circles—in an examination of current neuroscience, advanced physics, archeology, cultural anthropology, mysticism, dream and meditation space and the residue of daily life in our contemporary society. In my work I recognize an inner reality within a very large cosmic reality and I explore human consciousness in the micro-macro universes, balancing the wild and chaotic with the serenity and peace I seek.
Born in Morristown, NJ, I have a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and an MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. In the 1980s I participated in the community mural movement in NY, painting several large public murals in NYC and elsewhere. I have worked as a photojournalist, a graphic designer and a designer of projected images for theater. Currently I live in Brooklyn where I have a studio residency award with chashama.org at the Brooklyn Army Terminal.
In addition to my artistic career, I practice and teach hands-on energy healing work, frequently traveling to Central and South America with the humanitarian group Healer2Healer.org. The group exchanges knowledge with indigenous Maya and Amazonian populations, training them in running acupuncture and Reiki clinics. She has trained an autonomous group of Mayan women in the mountains of Guatemala to the Master level of Reiki. Now these women use Reiki to heal and train their own community. My work as a healer has greatly effected my painting.
Excerpt from a review for “Presences of Mind” May 2016 by Charles Frederick
"Reed’s canvases deploy exquisitely precise sacred geometries of circles (some of this knowledge in historical retrieval) and exact linear intersections, clear guardians awaiting acceptance. These lines and two-dimensioned underlying and overlying geometries offer routes through ecstasy and the pilgrim’s healing journey, connected and broken over a series of paintings, often almost a mysteriously drawn appearance on sensually arresting fields of color, windswept apart and towards one another, in a paradox of interruption by separation of canvases, while appearing as though they don’t end, in a continuity of eternity, and are following through in a universe beyond (for example) a triptych of paintings where they appear. Cosmic wind, the perceptible sensual, vividly mundane experience, order discerned, textures, tactile representation, sometimes small texts in completely unexpected insistent appearance, also (everything) growing out of, or already “squarely” positioned in this mysterious but rational cosmos we will learn to trust, and which we can see, once portrayed in such sensual form, the flat geometries responsible for such volumes of depth".
ONE-PERSON OR TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS AND COLLABORATIVE PUBLIC ART
2016 Presences of Mind. Curated by Charles Frederick with artist Jennie Booth. Soap Box Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
2014 Patterns of Perfection. Curated by Pamela Jean Tinnen with artist Atanaska Tassart, Art at First Gallery, New York, NY.
2006 When Women Pursue Justice. Featured portrait of Fannie Lou Hamer, Mural organized by Artmaker’s Inc. with Jane Weissman and
Janet Braun-Reinitz, depicting hundreds of women activists on wall in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NY.
1991 Firmitas Per Populum: Strength Through People. 40’ x 80’ Mural commissioned by Erie Art Museum & Public Art Committee in Erie, PA.
1991 Paintings by Artist-In-Residence Kristin Reed. One-person exhibition at The Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA.
1990 Political Lanscape Mural. Collaboration with muralist, Eva Cockcroft on Tilles Center at C.W.Post Campus, LIU, Brookville, NY.
1989 Who Can Stop the Developing Invasion. Billboard at The Gas Station/Space 2B, Lower East Side, NYC.
1988 They Distract & Confuse Us with Drugs & TV. Billboard at The Gas Station/Space 2B, Lower East Side, NYC..
1987 The Extinction of the Guinea Pig: Metro Bus Show. Travelling bus posters and concurrent one-person exhibit at CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY.
1987 Who Are the Terrorists. Printed Matter, NYC. Installation curated by Lucy Lippard. Text by James Traub.
1988 Underground Art: Artmakers/MTA Creative Stations. Directed project to create a gallery space in the Broadway/Lafayette subway station, NYC.
1986 The Enchanted Garden. A mural collaboration with artist Robin Michals for ArtMakers, Inc, East 4th Street, NYC.
1985 The Last Judgement. A mural collaboration with artist Robin Michals for ArtMakers project "The Struggle Continues," a project of 24 mural paintings organized by Eva Cockcroft and ARTMAKERS on the Lower East Side at the Plaza Cultural, East 8th Street, NYC.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016 If You Can't Afford to Live Here, Mo-o-ove!. Curated by Martha Rosler. Mitchell-Innes & Nash Gallery, Chelsea, New York, NY.
2016 If You Lived Here Still. Curated by Yoko Ott for Martha Rosler's project "Housing is a Human Right", The New Foundation, Seattle, WA.
2015 Un Seul Grain de Riz. Juried small works curated by Marc Higonet, Galerie Metanoia, Paris, France.
2015 Sculpture & Object 2015: Brooklyn2Bratislava. An International annual exhibition of sculpture curated by Victor Hulik, Galeria Statua, Bratislava, Slovakia.
2015 Not Yet. On the Reinvention of Documentary & the Critique of Modernism. Curated by Jorge Ribalta, Reina Sofia Musem, Madrid, Spain.
2015 GIRLS. Curated by Ellen Colcord, Rogue Space Gallery, Chelsea, New York, NY.
2015 Access Art. Curated by Reginald Douglass, The Brooklyn Arts Council Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
2014 Selected Chashama Studio Artists. Curated by Katie Fischer, Condé Nast Lobby Gallery at 4 Times Sq, New York, NY.
2014 Earth Water Fire Air: Our World in Abstract. Curated Christine Cote, Still Point Art Gallery, Brunswick, ME.
2014 The Metro Show. Jurors Franc Palaia, Kara Rooney and Rebecca Jampol, City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ and traveling.
2014 See|Me. Art projected on buildings at Times Sq, New York, NY.
2013 Curate NYC 2013: Top 150. Curated by Danny Simmons and Brian Tate, Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY.
2013 Curate NYC 2013. Curated by Janusz Jaworski, Condé Nast Building at 4 Times Square, New York, NY.
2013 Potluck Situation. Curated by Alicia DeBrincat, Chashama Pop-up Gallery, Open Studios at The Brooklyn Army Terminal, Brooklyn, NY.
2013 Creatives Rising. Curated by See|Me, See|Me Exhibition Space, Long Island City, NY.
2013 Abstract America. Curated by Rebecca Wilson of Saatchi Gallery, London; Saatchi Online Gallery.
2013 SCOPE NY 2013. Chashama Booth; Scope Art Fair, NYC.
2012 The Shift: Art & Spirit. Curated by Kristin Reed; The Knox Gallery, Harlem, NYC.
2012 SCOPE NY 2012. Chashama Booth; Scope Art Fair, NYC.
2012 The Spirit of Geometry. Curated by Artes Group, Kurier Plus Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
2011 Small Works at Chashama Open Studios. Curated by Kristin Reed; Pop-Up Gallery at Chashama Brooklyn Army Terminal, Brooklyn, NY.
2010 Water’s Edge: 12 Artists from The Brooklyn Army Terminal. Curated by Kristin Reed; 461 Gallery, Harlem, NYC.
2010 Arizona: NY Artists Respond to the Immigration Issue. Curated by Andrea Arroyo; Grady Alexis Gallery, NYC.
2010 Word Up! Art Works Inspired by Words—Spoken or Written. Curated by Ramona Candy; St. Joseph’s College Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
2009 Then & Now: An Exhibition Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of The Center Show. Curated by Nancy Spero and Robert Storr,
LGBT Community Center, NYC.
1994 The Realm of the Coin: Money in Contemporary Art. Curated by Barbara Collier, opened at Emily Lowe Gallery, Hofstra Museum, traveling
3 years to museums nationwide with Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (S.I.T.E.S.), including The Queens Museum of Art, NY.
1991 Public in Private: Studio Work by 3 Public Artists. Janet Braun-Reinitz, Kristin Reed and Pamela Shoemaker. Houghton House Gallery,
Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY.
1990 Images and Words: Artists Respond to AIDS. The Painted Bride Center, curated by Humberto Chavez, Philadelphia, PA.
1990 China: June 4th International Memorial Arts Festival. The Institute for Contemporary Art, P.S. 1, Long Island City, NY.
1989 If You Lived Here: Homeless, the Street and Other Venues. Curated by Martha Rosler, DIA Art Foundation, NYC.
1989 Lines of Vision. Curated by Judith Collischan Van Wagner, Hillwood Art Gallery, C.W. Post Campus, traveling to Blum Hellman, NY,
and the National Women’s Museum, Washington, D.C.; Yale University; and Crocker Museum, Sacramento, CA.
1988 Herald Sq. Subway Art Competition: Winning Proposals and notable entries. Curated by Henry Geldzahler and Wendy Feuer.
Metropolitan Museum, NYC.
1988 Comment. Curated by director Dan Talley at Nexus Contemporary Arts Center, Atlanta, GA.
1988 Underground Art: Artmakers/MTA Creative Stations. Director of an Artmaker’s project to create a temporary gallery space in the
Broadway/Lafayette subway station, SOHO, NYC.
1987 Concrete Crisis: Urban Images of the 80’s. Poster Art organized by PADD, at Exit Art Gallery, NYC.
1987 Las Americas: Toward a New Perspective. Photo exhibition curated by FOTOGRAFICA and juried by Cornell Capa, Lucy Lippard and
Walter Rosenblum at The University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR and Longwood Arts Gallery, Bronx, NY.
1986 Mass: Group Material. Paintings in traveling exhibition which opened in Cleveland and ended at the The New Museum, NYC.
1986 Nicaragua: Three American Artists Represent/Report; Christy Rupp, Kristin Reed and Susan Mieselas. Curated by Benjamin Buchlow
at The Emilie A. Wallace Gallery, SUNY, Old Westbury, NY.
1985 Mail Art Then and Now. Curated by Ronnie Cohen at Franklin Furnace, NYC.
1984 Artist’s Call Against Intervention in Central America. Curated by Lucy Lippard at Judson Memorial Church, NYC.
1984 Mimes and Miniatures. Drawings in Small Works Show curated by Dore Ashton at BACA Downtown Cultural Center, Brooklyn, NY.
2009–15 Chashama, Inc: Chashama Visual Arts Studio Award. Chashama’s visual arts program, Brooklyn Army Terminal (BAT), Brooklyn, NY.
2009 NurtureArt: Education Outreach Award. Program selects and places visual artists in Brooklyn Middle Schools to teach art including a slide
lecture, hands-on workshop and a studio visit. Brooklyn, NY.
1998 Harvestworks: Media Residency Grant. Edit projected video for Michael Keck’s one-person play “Voices in The Rain,” NYC.
1991 Mid-Atlantic Foundation: Artist-In-Residence Grant. Awarded for Erie Art Museum Residency, Erie, PA.
1989 New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). Project grant through ZONE, NYC.
1988 Artist’s Space. Individual artist’s project grant, NYC.
1986 New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). Manhattan Community Arts Fund. Individual artist’s project grant, NYC.
1986 Art Matters. Project grant, NYC.
1980 Ford Foundation Studio Award. Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.
1979 Graduation with Distinction. Highest accolade offered by Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA.
1979 Art School Associates Award for Painting. Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA.
2014 Still Point Arts Quarterly. Fall Issue No. 15. Page 11. Edited by Christine Cotes
2012 Stone Voices: Art, Spirituality, Mindfulness, Creativity. Winter, Issue No. 6. Cover and pps. 44–53. Edited by Christine Cotes.
2009 On the Wall, Four Decades of Community Murals in New York City. Murals featured in recently released book by Janet Braun-Reinitz
and Jane Weissman. See pg. 4 (Enchanted Garden Mural), pg. 96 (The Last Judgement), pg.142 (Diane Arbus portrait in Stars of the Bronx),
pg. 194 (Fanny Lou Hamer portrait in When Women Pursue Justice).
1989 Lines of Vision: Drawings by Contemporary Women. Hardcover, Hudson Hills Press, NY; Judith Collischan Van Wagner. Pg. 114.
1986 Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Arts and Politics. Guest designed and produced Issue 20 on Arts Activism.
1982 MFA Painting. Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.
1979 BFA Painting. Massachusetts College of Art; Boston, MA.
1975-76 School of Visual Arts. Photography, Serigraphy, Painting; NYC.
1973 Instituto Allende. San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico, Photography, Drawing, Painting, Lithography.
2008–11 Al Johnson Art, inc. Teaching classes in painting and drawing in a mentorship program for inner-city artists of all ages.
2010 A Community Mural Artist Presents. Slide lecture at Queens College, Queens, NY.
1989 The Public’s Art/Art in Public Places: A 3-Session Conference on Art and Activism. Slides and lecture as part of a panel with
Martha Rosler and Mierle Ukeles. Organized by Alan Gussow at The Learning Alliance, NYC.
1987 Problems of Political Representation. Part of 6-member panel moderated by Benjamin Buchlow at The School of Visual Arts, NYC.
1986 The Scholar & Feminist Conference. Art & activism workshop with artist Robin Michals called “Images in Action” at Barnard College, NYC.
1986 Women & World Peace: Arts Activism—Culture vs. Politics. Roundtable workshop with slides and lecture at SUNY, New Paltz, NY.
1986 Teach-In on Nicaragua. Slides and lecture on arts and culture in Nicaragua, at Teachers College, Columbia University, NYC.
1986 Socialist Scholars Conference: Nicaragua—The Crisis Continues. Round Table workshop with slides and lecture at Borough of Manhattan
Community College, NYC.
MoMA. Collage work in Hand-To-Hand collection called “Surviving in New York Post 9/11,” NYC.
Erie Art Museum. Paintings in permanent collection, Erie, PA.
Southern Poverty Law Center. Painting in collection, Montgomery, AL.