Jen Tough Gallery


Kate Kretz


A Solo Popup Exhibition August 2, 3, 4

1599 Tennessee St, San Francisco

Saturday, August 03 10:00-8:00 and Sunday, August 04 10:00-8:00

Kretz, known for powerful and politically charged work, is a Washington DC based artist who was recently banned from Facebook and Instagram for her series of work constructed entirely of MAGA hats that have been ripped apart and reconstructed. “The works are meant to both call out wearers who claim the hats to be innocuous, and to sound the alarm that history is repeating itself”. Kretz attended the Sorbonne in Paris, and obtained a BFA in drawing and painting from Binghamton University. She earned an MFA from the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. This will be her first solo exhibition with Jen Tough Gallery.

Huffington Post Article

Kate Kretz, Medium Article /Facebook ban


Hate Hat. 2019, edition of three, deconstructed MAGA hats, cotton, thread, 28 x 9 x 12”

Hate Hat II, Dismantled: The Disease That Thought It Was The Cure 2019, unravelled MAGA hat (ripped apart thread by thread), baseball cap display case (mirrors, plexiglass, wood), engraved brass plate, 8 x 9 x 8.5”


Only The Terrorized Own The Right To Name Symbols Of Terror 2019, armband made of deconstructed MAGA hats, cotton, thread, 5 1/4 x 6 x 6”

Eminent Domain For Unwilling Vessels 2019, deconstructed MAGA hats reconstructed as Handmaid’s bonnet. 13” x 9” x 8”

Futile Fantasy: A Glimmer of Self-Awareness, & The Subsequent Remorse 2017, Prismacolor pencil on black Rives BFK paper, 20 x 16”. Open edition prints available.

Readymade: Brass, with Lock (Edition of 3) 2014, brass lock, chain, cast High Density Polyethylene, 13 x 6 x 3”

Appetites of Oligarchs 2018, oil, acrylic & gold leaf on canvas, 72 x 50.25 x 6” (top hangs away from the wall to loom over the viewer)

Unruly, 2013, embroidery on human hair, velvet, convex glass, frame, 3 x 3”, 12 x 12” framed

Hag 2013, embroidery on human hair, velvet, convex glass, frame, 3 x 3”, 14 x 14” exterior frame dimensions.

Feral, 2013 human hair embroidery on hair, velvet, convex glass, frame, 3” x 3”, 11” x 11” framed

One For The Team, 2016, pyrography (wood burning) on tree slices, dimensions variable (2” rounds to 12” rounds).

Gunlicker 2015, oil & acrylic on Gatorboard, 20 x 16”

Gunlicker II 2015, oil & acrylic on gatorboard, 16 x 20”

Gunlicker IV 2015, oil & acrylic on Gatorboard, 20 x 16”

Gunlicker III: Militia 2016, oil and acrylic on Gatorboard, 17.5 x 18”

Dreams of Innocents Lost 2019, deconstructed MAGA hats formed into a child’s cot, embroidered child’s drawing, foil thermal blanket, 50” x 26” (approx)

When We Get To The United States, 2019, embroidered fabric, 9” x 12” (approx)

Testosterone 2011, gouache on black paper, glitter frame, 16 x 20”

V.I.P. (Very Important Penis) 2018, Gold over bronze, gold chain, gold charm (“VIP ALL ACCESS”), online component tags rapists and their accomplices. 4.5 x 2.5 x 8”

Rupture 2018, crowdsourced grey hair from people who have experienced profound loss hand embroidered on cotton, acrylic, 33 x 23”

Untitled (Flag) 2008, 22.5 x 104”, embroidery on deconstructed flag, batting. Center is padded, like a band-aid.

Democracy Detox 2018, Prismacolor pencil on Rives BFK paper, 14 x 18 inches