JUNE 9 – JULY 21, 2018
Helikon Gallery is pleased to welcome back local favorite Kaitlin Ziesmer for a solo show in June 2018. The exhibit of new work, titled XOXO, will mark Kaitlin’s first solo with Helikon following a successful duo show with Robin1000 in 2015 and countless group shows since the gallery’s inception. On view alongside Nerd Out!, a pop-culture-inspired show in the main gallery, XOXO presents a new series of the artist’s signature brightly-hued, humorous character mashups. Along with her original paintings, Kaitlin will present exclusive new enamel pin designs for the show.
Born a Colorado native. Raised as an honorary Texan. Kaitlin Ziesmer ventured back to the mountains to attend Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design in the BFA program with a focus on drawing and painting. She continues to live and work as a freelance artist in Denver. She has been featured in numerous exhibits across Denver and throughout the country.
On Her Work & Process:
“I like having a very clean, cut and paste approach to imagery. In my work, it’s so fun focusing on recognizable characters from popular culture. People have such a positive and nostalgic response to them…often following up with a response of a suggestion on what I should do next. It really creates a dialogue, and there’s something so gratifying being able to make things that you know your friends will dig. Repurposing them into this new, often female body, is my way of injecting myself into it all…quite literally because I’m using myself as the model ninety percent of the time.
“Color choice is also a huge part of the work too, along with the selection of clothes. As far as a process, I often have one point of starting of…whether it’s the head I’ve been dying to paint, color palette, or specific piece of clothing; the rest of the pieces fall into place as I go. Between the playful color palette and the characters’ often standing still or relaxed posture, I’d like to think that it makes them approachable. Then the highlights of neon are what really brings the audience up close. Portraits are so personal, especially when they’re absurd and make you laugh. “