Kathleen Henderson - Outtake Drawing #139
The Outtake works are oil stick and oil on paper and approximately 8.25 x 10.75 inches.
Artist Kathleen Henderson takes on what may be the biggest issue of our crisis-laden times; human folly in the face of extinction. Henderson’s emotive drawings show man bumbling through the world, tripping and fumbling, as the litany of crises mount. Some are trapped, as Narcissus was, stupidly gazing at their own reflections. Others are more literally blinded by the bags they wear over their heads. They stand no chance of even knowing what telltale signs of doom they are missing; sitting ducks. Her drawings make us all complicit in the fate that awaits us. Our human folly so evident.
"greed, pride and vanity play out in oil stick on paper
— raw impulses matched by raw, urgent line.”
– Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times
These Outtakes, or clippings, from some of her larger works were made over a longer period of years and finally exhibited in 2020 at Track 16. This array of drawings gives a glossary to unlock Henderson's complex world view.
Kathleen Henderson is a visual artist living and working in the Bay Area. Her work has been the subject of numerous solo shows in LA, and San Francisco as well as the Drawing Center in New York. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant and is in the collections of the Hammer Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She is currently a staff artist at the Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, CA and senior editor at the Creative Growth magazine.