Oberlin College and Conservatory

Faculty Exhibition Opening Reception: Kat Burdine & Sophie Isaak

Friday, October 15, 2021 at 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Richard D. Baron ’64 Art Gallery
65 E. College St., Suite 5, Oberlin, OH 44074

Faculty Exhibitions: Kat Burdine & Sophie Isaak

October 15November 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Richard D. Baron Art Gallery, 65. E. College Street

Opening Reception October 15, 6–8 p.m.

Desiring Space

Kat Burdine

Reported as the "first crime in Space” in 2019, Astronaut Anne McClain allegedly accessed her estranged wife's bank account without permission...from the International Space Station. That allegation inspired this series of prints, and objects that use the vacuum of space to investigate the consequences of broken hearts in exceptional circumstances. Ultimately, this work explores what McClain’s “lesbian space crime” reveals about our search for and sabotaging of Utopia.

Kat Burdine (She/They) sabotages modes of making to produce failed prints and objects to investigate socially assigned narratives and the ways we carry them. They have participated in regional residencies such as Talking Dolls in Detroit, and SPACES Cleveland. Kat has collaborated locally and internationally on various social and visual art projects. She holds an MFA in Print Media from Cranbrook Academy of Art (‘15) and is currently teaching at The Cleveland Institute of Art and Oberlin College.

All this for little old me

Sophie Isaak

All this for little old me is a collection of works on paper by artist and printmaker Sophie Isaak. The compositions are built of oppositional patterns and forms, embodying the embarrassing and futile feeling of making work purely for the pleasure derived from making. These personal and contradictory works are driven by a compulsive need to decorate. The rigor of creation and laborious repetition serve both as tools of survival and relaxation. Utilizing disparate printmaking and drawing techniques, Isaak explores the high highs and the low lows of forcing different elements to be friends on a single plane. 

Sophie Isaak was born in Boston, Massachusetts. After graduating from the University of Vermont with a degree in English and Studio Art, Isaak went on to receive an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Iowa. Her work has been displayed nationally in several juried exhibitions, most recently at Collar Works in Troy, NY and Site: Brooklyn Gallery. In 2021, Isaak completed artist residencies at Zea Mays Printmaking and Keene State College.

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