Kate Klingbeil : “Pith” at Hashimoto Contentemporary

Kate Klingbeil : “Pith” July 7 - 28, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO - Hashimoto Contemporary is pleased to present Pith, a solo exhibition featuring new painting and sculptural work by emerging artist Kate Klingbeil.

Based in Brooklyn, New York, Klingbeil’s debut exhibition with the gallery explores themes of sexuality, resilience, the shadow self, heartbreak and healing. The unique, meticulously crafted relief paintings of Pith create a dreamscape in which a female protagonist explores her body both as figure and ground. The works at once point to and attempt to reclaim the cultural lens through which the female body is experienced.

Klingbeil’s thick, sumptuous works of layered acrylic paint offer a uniquely vulnerable yet spirited vantage point into the artist’s experience with Hashimoto’s Disease. Dotted with butterflies and pill bottles, Pith’s unfiltered, holistic glimpse into life with an autoimmune disease does away with depictions of sick women as one-sided, leading lives largely dominated by their illness. Klingbeil invites the viewer to experience the complexity and nuance of the female experience and what it means to create a reality in which healing is not only the goal, but every step of the journey.

Please join us for Pith, opening July 7th with an evening reception from 6pm - 9pm where the artist will be in attendance. The exhibition will be on view through July 28. For more information, additional images, or exclusive content, please email us at info@hashimotocontemporary.com


Based in Brooklyn, New York, Kate Klingbeil’s background in traditional printmaking techniques informs her unique signature style of thick, sculptural painting. Using cake decorating tools and palate knives to create sumptuous reliefs, Klingbeil’s work tackles themes of food, femininity, human sexuality, pain, and healing. A skillful composer, Klingbeil’s interest in the human form imitates the lens through which women experience their bodies, using the body both as landscape and figure.