February 22—March 29, 2008
Main Gallery: Jaye Rhee and David A. Parker : The only thing that I believe
Project Room: Kathryn Parker Almanas: New Photographs
Opening reception February 22, 2008, 6-9 pm

kasia kay art projects gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming show of new works by emerging artist Kathryn Parker Almanas, and a joint show of work by artists Jaye Rhee and David A. Parker.

Kathryn Parker Almanas’s photographs of medical spaces, bodily experiences and still-lives articulate the confusing and multifaceted nature of dealing with illness. Fascinated with the mysteries of the body, Almanas creates still lives as metaphors of the body and dissection. She builds small rooms, creating settings to evoke the falsity of perception associated with illness. Almanas plays with oppositions between interior and exterior, domestic space and hospital space, human flesh and fruit flesh, doctor and patient, dissector and dissected. Her work challenges the ways we perceive medicine and the body.

David A. Parker uses humor, pathos and satire to comment on daily life and to raise a call for alternative thinking. This time he returns to kkap gallery with additional to his 2007 “Escape Strategy Series” photographs, in which he flies a kite.  A suburban malcontent longs for an elsewhere, and pursues various schemes to attain that goal. But how far can his dreams and longings take him?  In his of large-scale photographs he has created works based on his own life that address larger social issues of control, conformity, and complacency.
His work brings renewed appreciation for what the present holds, and perhaps even hope for what might be done for the future. Some works are portals that hold the allure of promised travel, yet are passable only through flights of the mind.

Conceptually similar to Parker’s photographs, Jaye Rhee’s work is a dream constantly interupted, a journey that commemorates the act of going, even when the place arrived is only the original desire. Her work separates desire from its images to separate the real from the fake. By evaporating the artifice, the reality of naked materials allows the experience of imageless images.

Both artists present documentation of actual events that seem improbable or fantistic, reminding the viewer of the richness of everyday life.

Jaye Rhee, Note 1, C-print, edition of 10, 6 x 30" (15.2 x 76.2 cm), 2007.

The artist worked with renowned composer Eliot Sharp to create an ensemble of photographs and a multi-channel video work that playfully conflate the visual and performative dimensions of music.

Jaye Rhee, Swan1 - 4, C-print, edition of 10, 36 x 63" (91.4 x 160cm), 2007. [smaller and larger sizes available]

In this ongoing series of photography and video works, Jaye Rhee places herself in public bath houses in her native Korea. She is interested in the naturalistic tile paintings in these sites, and the questions they raise about place, image and imagination.


David A. Parker is a Chicago-area artist whose conceptually-based work spans all media. He studied comparative literature at Cornell University and holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has exhibited at numerous venues in the US, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and Macalester College in St. Paul, MN; and abroad in Korea, China, and Romania.

Jaye Rhee received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003. She has had solo shows of her work at Galerie Gana Beaubourg, Paris, France; "Video Landscape: Real Fake," Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago; and in "Transcape," Gallery Loop, Seoul, Korea. Her work has also been included in solo shows in the US in Chicago, New York, Miami, Minneapolis and abroad in France, Ireland, Korea, Japan and Canada.

Kathryn Parker Almanas received her MFA in photography from Yale University in 2007. Her work has been shown in New York, Chicago, Boston, Worcester, MA, and New Haven, CT. She was a Alice Kimball English Traveling Fellowship recipient, and also was awarded the Schickle-Collingwood Prize at Yale University. Her work has appeared in publications including (photographs) Magazine and 25 Under 25 Up-and-Coming American Photographers catalog.

Please contact the gallery for additional information and high resolution images.