Nina Katchadourian’s wide-ranging, inventive conceptual practice encompasses sculpture, photography, video, sound, and public projects in which she highlights and alters familiar systems with unlikely observations, interventions and “improvements,” resulting in irreverent, memorable works that are at once philosophical and accessible. She has created several works that relate to language, codes and translation, including Talking Popcorn (2001), a machine that uses Morse Code to interpret the sound of popping popcorn, and her ongoing series, Sorted Books (1993 – present), in which she selects books from a library or collection and orders them so that their titles communicate a broader message when taken together.
Katchadourian was born in Stanford, California, and lives and works in Brooklyn. She received a BA from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island (1989); an MFA from the University of California, San Diego (1993); and participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program (1996). Her work has been presented in several solo exhibitions including a ten-year survey entitled “Opener 11: Nina Katchadourian: All Forms of Attraction” at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York (2006); “Please, Please, Pleased to Meet’cha” at Wave Hill, Bronx (2006); “Nina Katchadourian: Natural Misunderstandings” at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin (2006); “Works Made in Finland by Nina Katchadourian,” Turku Art Museum, Finland; “The Geneology of the Supermarket and Other New Works” at Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York (2005) and Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco (2006).
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