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Divergence by artist Katie Lewis opens Friday at Carson City Courthouse Gallery

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Katie Lewis, whose Divergence opens Friday in Capital City Arts Initiative’s Courthouse Gallery, works in the studio.

An art exhibit that examines the transformation of common materials over time opens Friday and runs through Jan. 21 at Capital City Arts Initiative’s Courthouse Gallery.

Divergence by Katie Lewis began when the artist started collecting data, such as the number of steps taken each day, or the physical sensations in her body, or how we might move through a landscape. She devised systems of how these data could be visualized using limited materials for each piece, like paper, pinholes, and graphite. Repetitive actions within a system begin to transform the materials into complex accumulations of visual information — the pinholes and graphite compile into a black mass, and the holes drilled into paper begin to grow larger. Lewis says she is interested in how a controlled set of repeated actions can eventually lead the system to reach a breaking point — the paper begins to tear or is eaten away by the number of poked holes, the wall starts to crumble, the thread buries the pins beneath its web.

Lewis is constructing Divergence in the gallery through Friday. Anyone can stop by to see her progress. She will also give a short talk about her work and art processes at noon on Thursday.

A reception for the artist will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Lewis will present at 5:30 p.m.

Lewis received a Bachelor of Arts from Colorado College and a Master of Fine Arts from California College of the Arts. In 2010 she was awarded a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant. She has also been included in the publications The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography and Cartographies of Time. She is scheduled to present about her work to art students at Carson and Dayton high schools.

Writer and artist Michele Carlson wrote “It Might Just Fall Apart: The Works of Katie Holland Lewis,” the essay for Lewis’ exhibition.

The reception and the exhibition are free. The Courthouse Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at 885 E. Musser St.

For more information, go to http://www.arts-initiative.org.