PRESS RELEASE: Katie Crown in Gallery II at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson

Gallery II at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT is pleased to present Sporangium: Drawings and Botanicals, recent abstract drawings and botanical sculptures by Vermont-based artist Katie Crown, on view July 25 to August 26, 2011 with an opening reception on July 27, 2011 beginning at 7pm.

Mutable and transient, Crown's drawing process utilizes layers of traditional and non traditional materials into abstract circular forms. Crown's images and sculptures offer reference between microscopic images of spores and representations of galactic bodies. Using 'sporangium' as metaphor of spore factory, these drawings and experiments in botanical constructions allow insight into variable interpretations of cognizant realities, and the potential of those realities.

Katie Crown lives in northern Vermont as a staff artist at the Vermont Studio Center. Crown graduated from Johnson State College with a BFA in visual art in 2010. She received a travel grant from Johnson State College and Marist College in her final year to study under former Guggenheim Fellow, Ed Smith, and conceptual artist, Adam Brooks for four weeks in Venice, Italy as well as being awarded a two-week residency at the Vermont Studio Center that same summer. Crown's work has been exhibited in Johnson, Stowe, and Burlington, and was recently included in the exhibition, Grey Matter, at The Painting Center in New York curated by Matthew Farina and Rachael Wren.

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