KATY BINKS / REVIEW PREVIEW NO.3
Watching the evolution of Katy Binks’s printmaking over the past year or so has been a huge pleasure. Back in 2018 she took stock of her practice and made the decision to shake things up a bit – breaking her crisp geometric compositions free of their moorings, setting sail for more experimental, painterly, process-embracing shores...
Sitting pretty – one of Katy's recent prints
She’s been posting work-in-progress prints on Instagram on a regular basis, and they look awesome. New colour combinations, textures, layers, expressive marks and more… Needless to say, we’re really excited about launching some new Katy Binks editions later in the year, and we’re also planning a collaboration around her ASC Gallery show in the summer. For more info on that, over to you Katy.
One of Katy's recent – and undeniably successful – experiments
REVIEW // 2018
“Last year was a good one, I started the year reaching out to a few people for advice, guidance and direction. Gina Cross at Gas Gallery encouraged me to just go after what I really wanted with regard to making work – to take a leap of faith – so I did. This led to me making prints as large as possible, with as many colours as possible; not worrying about finishing things, or what I'm going to do with them afterwards… Selling prints is always in the back of my mind, but it can also be a creativity killer – so I've boxed that thought up and put it away for now.”
Work in progress – Katy reviews recent prints in her south London studio
“Last year I exhibited some of my largest prints yet, which were shown at the Bainbridge Open and Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair 2018 (who used one of Katy’s prints as the main image in their promotional campaign. It felt like a long time since I’d been in an exhibition, so it was nice to get back in the habit of showing my work.”
One of Katy's prints on display at the 2018 Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair
“Making it to exhibitions is not a skill of mine… I've missed some real corkers over the years, Anni Albers and Matisse at the Tate Modern stand out as two shows that I probably should have made the effort to see. I did catch a Warhol show in Malaga last year (Warhol. Mechanical Art at the Museo Picasso Malaga). I’d only ever seen his work in books, so I now see it in a whole new light – and it made me rethink how I see my own work.”
Dollar Sign, 1981 by Andy Warhol (credits at foot of post)
“On the project front, I recently completed a mural for Container Records in Brixton. I've worked with (Container’s founder) Jack Christie for six years or so, designing artwork for Kartel (record label and live music promoter), so it was cool to get to paint the store for him. It's not your average workplace mural.”
Katy's mural for Container Records in Brixton
PREVIEW // 2019
“I finally have a permanent studio space to work from, at Bainbridge Print Studios. I moved in a couple weeks ago and I couldn't be happier. It's a great space to be working from and it’s on the Aylesbury Estate, which is a big bonus for me. I’m quite partial to a bit of Brutalism. I feel like it’s time to start working outside again… It’s been on my mind for a while. It's a bit drier these days, so I'll be taking my prints outside at some point this year, for sure.”
One of Katy's large geometric prints in Brutalist surroundings
“The project I'm most excited about this year is my upcoming solo show at ASC Gallery. It’s still a bit of a surprise that I'm getting to do it, but it is happening, May/June time (dates TBC – watch this space). It's always a dream when someone gives you the creative freedom to just do your thing.”
Two of the many fantastic prints we saw on our recent visit to Katy's studio
“I’m making lots of new work without thinking about it too much; keeping it in the back of my mind. Luckily I'm in a really good flow with printing. I've got a few plans, including an off-site project and hopefully an artist talk with a few of my print heroes, in collaboration with fellow abstract print appreciators, Look Up. The second half of the year is yet to be planned, but if it's any where near as good as the first half, it’s going to be interesting…”
Screen star – one of Katy's screens, ready for action
When it comes to experimental abstract printmaking, Katy is well-and-truly hitting her stride. We're looking forward to seeing where her adventures in print take her... Keep tabs on her creative practice by following her on Instagram – see link below. Stay tuned to Look Up for up-to-date info on new editions by Katy and the other talented artists on our roster.
Katy Binks on Look Up
Katy Binks on Instagram
Dollar Sign, 1981 by Andy Warhol
Acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas, 278 x 178 cm.
Collection Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Nice, inv. 988.6.1.
© Ville de Nice. Photo: Olivier Bergesi.
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./VEGAP, Málaga, 2018