Katie Kline

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What Is My Work About?

Influenced by frequent childhood visits to Disneyland, I seek and photograph ambiguous markers, manicured landscapes, and man made representations of nature that when combined, create illusion and mystery. Exploration and escape without a map or plan result in visual notation. I collect impressions of the familiar and unfamiliar from a variety of locations for later contemplation. Traces and objects in the landscape serve as evidence of human presence. Through these observations I celebrate delight, disappointment, and surprise within places changing and aging alongside me, sometimes in hindsight. Upon combining these photographs I reveal the impermanence of environments encountered across country. Failed barriers and futile passages. Thresholds, settled among the increasingly mass-manufactured hodgepodge. Ever interested in the wavering spaces between culture and the natural world, I see the effects of leisure, distraction, and even melancholy in the atmosphere.

Artist Statement

“Most people don’t use paper maps anymore. Instead they use digital data devices–their smartphones, GPS devices that issue voice commands, or various versions of MapQuest and Google maps that generate specific directions. The problem with these technologies is that though they generally help get you where you’re going, that’s all they do. With a paper map, you take charge; with these other means, you take orders and don’t learn your way around, any more than you learn math by using a calculator. A map shows countless possible routes; a computer generated itinerary shows one. Using the new navigational aids, you remain dependent, and your trajectory requires obedience to the technology–some GPS devices literally dictate voice commands you are meant to obey. When you navigate with a paper map, tracing your own route rather than having it issued as a line, a list, or a set of commands, you incrementally learn the lay of the land.”

– Rebecca Solnit, Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas


Born 1983 in Arcadia, California. Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.


2014 – MFA, Columbia University, School of the Arts

2005 – BFA, Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Photography and Imaging, New York University

2004 – NYU Tisch in London, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, United Kingdom


Group Exhibitions


– Faculty Exhibition. Campbell Hall Gallery. North Hollywood, CA

– Salon 94 & The Smile Face Museum. Frieze Art Fair. Regent’s Park, London, UK

– Columbia University School of the Arts 2014 MFA Thesis Exhibition. Fisher Landau Center for Art. Long Island City, NY

– Real McCoy. The Smile Face Museum. Brooklyn, NY



– Friday the 13th. Good Children Gallery. New Orleans, LA

– Networking Tips for Shy People. 200 Livingston Street. Brooklyn, NY

– Flash Forward. Campbell Hall Gallery. North Hollywood, CA

– And after a pause, it continued. Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University. NYC



– DPI@30 Act vs. React. Gulf & Western Gallery at the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. NYC



– Alumni Show. Tisch Photography & Imaging Gallery, NYU. NYC

– Mystic City. Hi-Fi Bar. NYC



– To Die in an Apartment. A Wolf Gallery. NYC



– Transformations: Tisch Photo at 25. Gulf & Western Gallery at the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. NYC



– Dreamland. Galleria Illy. NYC

– NYU Tisch Photography and Imaging 2005 BFA Exhibition. Gulf & Western Gallery at the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. NYC

– The Way Things Are. Tisch Photography & Imaging Gallery, NYU. NYC




– The Point. Issue 6, Winter 2013



– ISO. Issue 3, Fall 2009


Grants and Awards


– Tisch School of the Arts Award for Creative Excellence

– Seth Tobais Award