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On the Head of a Pin

Katherine Vetne’s show at Gallery 5 opens today


Click on the slide show above to see images from Matters of Fact and hear Katherine Vetne talk about her work.

Stepping off the elevator into the College of Fine Arts Gallery 5, the room seems empty — three black paintings on one wall, a row of tiny pieces on another, a swirl of blue on the third.

But step closer, and take another look at Katherine Vetne’s unusual work.

“My focus right now is lots of tiny little details that accumulate to make bigger pieces,” says Vetne (CFA’09). “I’m taking a new approach, where instead of thinking about my pieces as interpretations, I’m thinking, this is what it is, this is how I see it.”

In Matters of Fact, opening today, black paintings show pinpoints like patterns of a constellation. In the row of 50 smaller works, each holds a feather, each line drawn with silverpoint. And the swirl of blue is actually tiny circles, formed to shape a galaxy model, drawn directly on the wall.

“I actually sat in front of the wall for a week with a ballpoint pen and some food,” she says. “It doesn’t bother me that it will be painted over, as long as I get a photograph first.”

The opening reception for Matters of Fact is at 6 p.m. Friday, March 20, in Gallery 5, on the fifth floor of CFA, 855 Commonwealth Ave. The gallery is open during regular building hours. For more information, call 617-353-3371.


3 Comments on On the Head of a Pin

  • amlaskow on 03.20.2009 at 11:56 am

    Looks great, I’ll have to check it out. Nice photos!

  • Aunt Kathy and Uncle Tony on 03.23.2009 at 5:41 pm

    Your art show

    We loved your work. You certainly have a lot of talant. We are sorry we can’t see the show in person.
    Good luck with your art!
    Hope to see you soon.
    Aunt Kathy (Jonathan’s)

  • Anonymous on 03.27.2009 at 12:46 pm

    Very nice

    I love this work. Good luck to you.

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