Sense Gallery Presents Katie Pumphrey: Merry-go-round

By Editorial Team on January 29, 2019

Sat, 02 February 2019 - Wed, 27 February 2019

Courtesy of Sense Gallery.
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 2 from 6pm to 9pm

Sense Gallery is pleased to present the solo exhibition, Katie Pumphrey: Merry-go-round, on view February 2 — 28, 2019. The opening reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, February 2nd from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. There will also be a closing reception on Wednesday, February 27th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Both receptions are free and the public is warmly invited to attend. There will also be an Installation Performance event Saturday, February 9th from 2:00 – 6:00pm, during which the artist will be changing the site specific installation made of paper. This event is also free and open to the public.

Merry-go-round is a solo exhibition that features all new works by Katie Pumphrey, including paintings, collages, and a site-specific installation that will evolve over the course of the exhibition. Pumphrey’s work explores the tension between chaos and calm. Crisp edges and quiet shapes are at a constant tug-o-war with playful movement and vibrating color. With turbulent brushstrokes and the suggestion of imagery, her work examines themes of reflex, confrontation, territory, and instinct. Merry-go-round explores the familiar and constant teeter-totter between control and chaos. We feel steady, level-headed, comfortable — and then something shifts, and we scramble to grab the wheel. The floor keeps spinning. We blink through blurriness, fight the dizziness, and move to find our footing. Again, the meter resets. We ping-pong between these moments, time and time again. It’s a dance we know the moves to, a game of repetition we constantly play. Again and again, we ease the tension and harness the commotion. Over and over and over again, we get on and off the carousel. Katie Pumphrey lives and works in Baltimore, MD. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and has participated in artist residencies at the Studios of Key West, Vermont Studio Center, Gallery Four, and the Creative Alliance in Baltimore. Pumphrey is also a long distance, open water swimmer — who recently completed the Triple Crown of open water swimming— the English Channel, around the island of Manhattan, and the Catalina Channel. This aspect of her life often influences and drives her work.

Gallery Hours:

  • Tuesday and Thursday: 8am-3pm
  • Wednesday 2-8pm
  • Friday 10am-6pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 9am-4pm

Sense Gallery is located at 3111 Georgia Ave. NW. For more information, visit