DIRECTOR, HELEN GORY GALERIE
“We are constantly impressed by Kate Tucker’s refusal to simplify and reduce concerns, either thematically or aesthetically – she is an artist who embraces complexity,” says her dealer Nicola Stein, director of Helen Gory Galerie. “There’s a combination of intuitiveness and conceptual rigor in Kate’s practice. Strong theoretical considerations underpin her works, and Kate addresses these ideas in a very responsive and personal way.
“Aesthetically, Kate’s layered abstract paintings are both beautiful and demanding. Her works occur at the tipping point between balance and commotion. I think people can relate to the push and pull in her works and her efforts to make sense of competing, often contradictory, forces to achieve some sort of resolution. It’s something we all do on a daily basis.
“Since graduating from Victorian College of the Arts in 2009, Kate has had three sell-out exhibitions. In 2013 we also presented a solo exhibition of Kate’s work at Art Stage Singapore 2013, which received a phenomenal response. She has gained an avid following and there is a growing waiting list for her work. Kate works in a variety of sizes and mediums, including painting, collage and sculpture, so there is a fairly wide price range for her work.
“Kate has also exhibited twice at Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, has been a finalist in the Archibald Prize, and is currently a finalist, for the second time, in the Churchie Emerging Art Prize. This critical exposure strengthens the interest in her practice both in Australia and overseas.
“We have known Kate for almost 10 years now and have been exhibiting her work since 2012. She is an intelligent and considered artist with integrity and warmth, and these qualities shine through in her work.”
DIRECTOR, C3 CONTEMPORARY ART SPACE
Kate Tucker has a long history of association with c3 Contemporary Art Space in Melbourne. Director Jon Butt explains “she first exhibited collaboratively with Carmel Seymour in 2010, and then with a beautiful sequence of work for her impressive solo show in 2011, which preceded her representation with Helen Gory Galerie. She is also appearing as a guest curator at c3 later this year.”
He adds: “Kate’s sensibilities revolve around trans- formation and exchange. This can be seen in action in her work as a collaborative artist and, in form, through her own distinct art practice. I find Kate’s work compelling in that it negotiates a connection between strong graphic sensibilities and a personal narrative guided by form and colour. Her works are hugely desirable objects, quite bold. Yet so much of Kate’s persona becomes wrapped up within them that they transcend the commodity to provoke a more intimate connection.
“I’m excited by her new work shown recently at Rubicon [an artist run space in Melbourne] which plays with a sculptural intervention using the painting format. I’m always interested in how artists generate progression within the flow of a practice and these works show a real purpose. Robust and alive, they constantly shift between the notion of surface and objecthood, precariously unbalanced, but also grounded and calm – a curious combination. More proposition than departure, this series signals an upward shift and is the sign of an artist who takes growth seriously. Kate’s willingness to roust up new motives for making is definitely paying off.”
This article was originally published in Art Collector issue 69, JUL – SEP 2014.