Erica Licea-Kane: Half Spaces

March 4-29, 2020: extended until further notice by appointment
Opening Reception: Friday, March 6, 2020, 5:00-8:00 pm
Artists-led Walk-through: Saturday, March 7, 2:00-3:00 pm

Due to COVID-19: The gallery will be open by appointment only. Please contact the gallery at info@kingstongallery.com for an appointment. Stay tuned for ongoing updates on our schedule.

  • Erica Licea-Kane

    Bookends (diptych), acrylic medium, acrylic pigment, wood burning, 18 x 72 x 1.5 inches, 2020.
    $7,500

    Bookends
  • Erica Licea-Kane

    Every Other, acrylic medium, acrylic pigment, wood burning, 12 x 36 x 1.5 inches, 2018-2019.
    $2,800

    Every Other
  • Erica Licea-Kane

    Just Under the Surface, acrylic medium, acrylic pigment, wood burning, 24 x 36 x 1.5 inches, 2020.
    $3,900

    Just Under the Surface
  • Erica Licea-Kane

    Up, Over and Around, acrylic pigment, acrylic medium, wood burning, 18 x 24 x 1.5 inches, 2019.
    $3,000

    Up, Over and Around
  • Erica Licea-Kane

    Checkerboard, acrylic medium, acrylic pigment, wood burning, 18 x 24 x 1.5 inches, 2019.
    $3,000

    Checker Board
  • Erica Licea-Kane

    Landscape, acrylic medium, acrylic pigment, wood burning, 11 x 14 x 1.5 inches, 2019.
    $1,900

    Landscape
  • Erica Licea-Kane

    Square in Fern, acrylic medium, acrylic pigment, wood burning, 9 x 12 x 1.5 inches, 2019-2020.
    $1,500

    Square in Fern

Price List
Artist Page
Press Release
"New Work by Erica Licea-Kane." Kingston Blog, February 20, 2020.
Bhuiyan, Nuri. "An Exploration of the Ambiguities of Space in the Kingston's Gallery's 'Half Spaces'." The Harvard Crimson, April 4, 2020.
"Erica Licea-Kane." Artscope eBlast, May 14, 2020.
View online show on Artsy

Artist Statement

My works are rooted in my textile training. The grids, both visible and structural, and the repetition within each piece are inherent to the most basic levels of textile creation. In place of textiles I create lines and texture with a pastry bag as I extrude acrylic medium to make surfaces that evoke fabric or enlarged weaves. I work hard at pushing the surfaces of my work so that they are obscure, prompting questions about process, materials and time. I am in some way exploring the design archetype of checker- boarding, or the mathematical term of "half spaces," in each of the pieces to further reinforce the textile quality of the work.

As a child I spent many hours in fabric stores with my Mother. It was then that I learned about the nuances of cloth, the subtleties of woven color and the "hand" of fabric. I still love the smell of fabric stores and find great comfort in being surrounded by bolts of cloth. Our shared, once a year journey through my Grandmother's linen chest was pure magic to me because I got to touch the handmade bobbin lace and embroidered cloth, smell the cedar and hear stories connected to part of my heritage. My teenaged years were spent engaged in hand embroidery, marking the beginning of my love for repetitive and additive art making. That predilection carried me through my years as a textile student and lives with me today as I engage in creating layered and compulsive surfaces that refer to my heightened sensitivity to time and balance.

My work invites viewers to closely explore and absorb the physicality of the surfaces, the importance of the edges, and the patience of the drawn lines. I find great joy from hearing narratives about my work from viewers who often reference aerial views or topographical views of cities and almost always want to touch the surfaces. The act of making my work is as important to me as the meaning of the work.

The formal issues attached to abstract painting along with the historical significance of textiles to women are never far from my thoughts and significantly inform my work. I create abstract paintings from a weavers point of view.

Installation View

Erica Licea-Kane: Half Spaces Installation View

Erica Licea-Kane: Half Spaces Installation View

Erica Licea-Kane: Half Spaces Installation View

Erica Licea-Kane: Half Spaces Installation View

Erica Licea-Kane: Half Spaces Installation View



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