Diane Christiansen – Cup Freaketh Over

by kasiakayartprojects

October 18 – November 16, 2013

Opening reception: Friday, October 18th, 6-8PM


(Chicago) – Kasia Kay Art Projects gallery is please to present Diane Christiansen in her newest exhibition, Cup Freaketh Over. This is her third solo show with the gallery.

In her new series of works, Christiansen presents works of oil on plaster as well as ink on paper. Each image has a visually rich and spontaneous feel, with subtle imperfections that create an entrancing depth.  Combining both risk and finesse, Christiansen present pieces of intricate complexity.

The paintings on plaster exist as sites of filling and erasure. Empty and full. Overfull. Her actions of working on them (painting, drawing, sanding, and opening) runs parallel with their “thematic guts.” As Christiansen states, “I’m stirring three pots at all times: drawing, painting, and animation, which is hilarious given that overwhelm informs the content. And, there is some utterly readable imagery in there. That’s right; that’s a big welt of color reaching down to grab a nut.” According to her, the multiple practices each feed each other in a sort of celebration of bombardment, married to a search for visual and emotional space.

Annie Morse describes Christiansen’s work in an essay entitled, The Rat Who Retired From the World: “Erasure can betray regret, revision or refusal. In Christiansen’s hands, these amendments work ceaselessly toward the achievement of imperfection, in the service of which hazard, chance, and error play a part. Hectic, comic, human in their sloppy and affectionate appeal, these works also suggest the wounds that attachment entails.”

Christiansen’s work in the upcoming exhibition correlates with October Chicago Artist Month, the city’s annual campaign to support local artists that exemplify creative growth.


Diane Christiansen has been creating and exhibiting artwork for 20 years. She received her Master of Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Master of Social Work from Loyola University, Chicago, and Bachelor of Art from Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA.  In addition to being a visual artist, Christiansen is a Psychotherapist, and plays in the band Dolly Varden. Since the receipt of both master degrees in 1990, Diane has shown at variety of venues in Chicago including Carrie Secrist, Gescheidle and the Cultural Center.  In New York she has exhibited at Adam Baumgold and Pierogi. She has also exhibited in Slovenia, Los Angeles, New Orleans and Portland, Oregon. Diane is the recipient of two Illinois Arts Council grants, an IAS Individual Artist Development grant, a CAAP grant and an SAIC Merit Scholarship. Her most recent solo exhibition was at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Diane is represented in Chicago by kasia kay art projects gallery.


For more information and images please contact the gallery info@kasiakaygallery.com or 312.944-0408.