“After the Storm,” A rare solo exhibition featuring the work of Kristen DeFontes

This rare solo exhibition, After the Storm, featuring the work of local artist Kristen DeFontes opened to the public on January 25 and is on display through April 30, 2020 in the CREATE’s Catskill Gallery, 398 Main Street in Catskill, NY.

On August 28, 2011, Hurricane Irene swept into the rivers of Schoharie County, which flooded the region and left behind a trail of damage in its wake. Nine years later, Schoharie County-based artist Kristen DeFontes has curated a selection of objects that explore the immense effect of the extreme flooding that she witnessed personally and in her community. Using construction debris, stone, natural wood and cast bronze elements, DeFontes creates sculptures that consider the effects of not only the storm, but also personal familial conflicts and broader environmental issues. Many of these materials are salvaged from her own home, which was gravely affected by Hurricane Irene. DeFontes says of her work, “These sculptural pieces embody emotional responses and coping mechanisms. Composed using construction debris, the pieces hold power; not only in the symbolic sense, but in the way they provide a tangible link between past and present. When working on these pieces, I think about the loss and transfer of that power, and the primal need to protect it.”

Kristen DeFontes grew up on Long Island, NY and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Art + Design at Purchase College where she concentrated in printmaking and sculpture. While earning her undergraduate degree, Kristen worked in exhibitions at the Neuberger Museum of Art. She earned a Master of Arts from Brooklyn College where she studied drawing under Elizabeth Murray and continued her studies in printmaking, drawing and sculpture. In 2005, Kristen moved to the Capital Region of New York and began teaching art at Voorheesville CSD.  In 2007, she and husband Michael Wells started WellSculpt Foundry, a bronze sculpture casting company. The two are raising their eight-year-old daughter together. Kristen’s work is in several private collections; she currently lives and works in Schoharie County, NY.

Marline A. Martin, Curator of the exhibition and Director of CREATE, says about the exhibition, “I am happy to present DeFontes’ work at CREATE this season. The exhibition is a surprising collection of works that challenge viewers to consider a Hurricane that greatly affected the region and how to heal from it.”

Select works are available for purchase by or calling 518-943-3400 or visiting the Catskill Gallery, 398 Main Street, Catskill NY. Shipping arrangements may be made and are set at an additional fee.

Kristen DeFontes, 2018
Shore Up
Wood, stone, ink, oil paint, aluminum, steel
(9.5’’ x 10’’ x 4’’)
$1800 SOLD

Kristen DeFontes, 2019
With Two
Wood, aluminum, copper, ceramic
(8” x 9.5” x 2”)
$850
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Kristen DeFontes, 2015
Palisade
wood, steel
(31’’ x 50.5’’ x 2.5)
$4500
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Kristen DeFontes, 2018
Under my control, I want my fears no. 3
Wood, aluminum, oil paint, copper, wax, ink
(8’’ x 12.25’’ x 1.5’’)
$1200
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Kristen DeFontes, 2018
Under my control, I want my fears
Wood, aluminum, oil paint, ink, nails
(8’’ x 11’’ X 1.5’’)
$1200
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Kristen DeFontes, 2017
Open Ground
Wood, steel, copper
(18” x 7” x 8”)
$1800 SOLD
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Kristen DeFontes, 2019
Hitch
Wood, stone, oil paint, ceramic, copper, charcoal
(8’’ x 13’’ x 2’’)
$1800
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Kristen DeFontes, 2018
Night Beach
Wood, wax, charcoal, oil paint
(15.75’’ x 13’’ x 1.75’)
$1800

Works may be purchased by calling CREATE at 518-943-3400. For more information about After the Storm or the Catskill Gallery Program as well as all other programs and services, call 518-943-3400, gcca@greenearts.org or visit www.greenearts.org.

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