Just unpacked giant stretcher bars 4-15-2014

Today I finally had opportunity to unpack the stretcher bars i had recently ordered – giant sizes, 96″ 93″ . So now my work will begin as I build them and stretch the canvas. A few will be used to restretch a few earlier paintings that for some reason I took off stretchers awhile back. I am looking forward to seeing them again.

I recently completed a large 6′ x 6′ painting for my upcoming February exhibition – this is from my poetry series which references how language can interpret the visual world or how we use language to reinterpret what we see. This one is connected to a poem by Cortazar. More soon on this. Poetry will be written along the outside edges on this one.

New work by kathryn arnold based upon a Cortazar poem, size 6' x 6', oil on canvas

New work by kathryn arnold based upon a Cortazar poem, size 6′ x 6′, oil on canvas

Self-documenting your art process

kathryn arnold:

I totally love this! I cannot wait to try out these apps in the studio, Kathryn(Thank you, Sergio)

Originally posted on Sergio Gomez Art Blog:

Sergio Gomez at work

Sergio Gomez working on One Dolor at NMMA

A couple years ago, I had a wonderful conversation with author Dr Cecilia Gonzalez-Andrieu who was writing about my work for a chapter in her new book (Bridge to Wonder). We were discussing the importance of documenting the art making progress. I had never paid serious attention to it until then.  She explained how important it is for those doing research about an artist to have a wealth of documentation into the art making process. After that conversation, I decided to be more proactive at documenting not only the finish work but also my process with photographs, writings and videos. I would like those who will study my work after I am long gone to have an in-depth view of my process.

Although most artists will never have the opportunity to have a professional two-hour documentary of of their life…

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Review of my work in “Visual Art Source” publication , March 30, 2014

The exhibition at Sandra Lee Gallery has been taken down yet a review was published just after the exhibition. I have pasted the text of the review here. It is written by DeWitt Cheng who reviews many exhibitions in the Bay Area for many publications. I feel privileged to have my work written about by him.

Editorial: Kathryn Arnold Sandra Lee Gallery, San Francisco, California Recommendation by DeWitt Cheng – See more at: http://www.visualartsource.com/index.php?page=editorial&pcID=26&aID=2177#sthash.t7OUfgzj.dpuf

Continuing through March 29, 2014

Below is the text of the Review:

The San Francisco painter Kathryn Arnold, in a recent interview, cited the design philosopher Victor Papanek (who may have been one of her teachers): Humans may (I paraphrase) have a genetic predisposition for brightly lighted fields dotted with winding paths and screens of foliage that both reveal and conceal the geographic totality; “the new information is not present [in the fixed images of painting]; it is only suggested or implied.” This landscape metaphor for painting accords with Denis Dutton’s conviction that human evolution in the savannahs of the Pleistocene era informs past and current aesthetic pleasure, It’s a good way to approach Arnold’s large abstract oil paintings, colorful fields of markings that hover between abstraction and a covert representation which includes recognizable objects and indecipherable texts discernible here and there within the thickets of marks.

These field paintings oscillate between records of time passed creating such dense interweavings (the colors of which reflect the changing colors of the day) and as subjective transcriptions of ‘heroic’ landscapes (the quotation marks are Arnold’s), like those of nineteenth-century landscapists like Bierstadt and Moran, whose epic panoramas assume an air of imperialist Manifest Destiny to contemporary eyes. Monet’s Giverny ponds come to mind as precedents; possibly, also, Lee Krasner’s impacted all-over fields. If Arnold’s bright, floral palette is reminiscent of Impressionism, her profusely patterned surfaces, cross-hatching set free from representation, ask the engaged viewer to bring into focus the layers of visual cues and create totality from parts (which Impressionism, did, also, for an audience accustomed to academic sharp focus). Arnold’s ambiguously horizonless, scaleless vistas in works like “Joker’s Paradox #1,” “Winter: Winter’s Wind,” “Fish and Dragon,” “Blue to Green,” “Skein of Memories” and “A Poet’s Forest” are unsettlingly seductive to both the post-Pleistocene scanning eye and interpretive mind.

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Sandra Lee Gallery – See more at: http://www.visualartsource.com/index.php?page=editorial&pcID=26&aID=2177#sthash.t7OUfgzj.dpuf

Installation Photos of my Paintings at 251 Post St, 3rd floor, SF, Sandra Lee Gallery March 2014

It seems as if putting the exhibition together and the installation was forever ago even though just barely over a week. The reception was a pleasure; it gave me opportunity to see many friends and meet new ones. Below are some installation shots of the exhibition before the opening began. The exhibition is up through the 29th of March 2014. If you are close by and missed the opening please still go. Let me know if you’d like to meet up at the gallery to discuss the works in person as i would be happy to.

It’s nice to be able to exhibit a few of my architectural sized pieces in the gallery space. They don’t feel that large here adorning these walls.

I feel I write better than I speak in regards to my work and may begin to write more.

Artist Statement: Kathryn Arnold

The paintings are a result of intuitive nonobjective processes and contain my search for visual “magic”. The sense of touch and chaotic energy of color and marks play an important role in building up layers that function to create and encompassing, enveloping field and bewildering space. The grid at times becomes a reference point and the intrinsic relating of parts form poetry; an interplay between subjective and objective realities.

*”2.Any mysterious, seemingly inexplicable power or influence; as, the “magic” of love.” (webster)

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Please Be Invited, my solo exhibition, March 4 – March 29th, 2014

Please Be Invited, my solo exhibition, March 4 – March 29th, 2014, at Sandra Lee Gallery in San Francisco, 251 Post St, 3rd Floor, 94108. The work is installed and ready to open on Tuesday March 4th. Things went smoothly with a large amount of effort, which is to be expected. I hope you are able to come by for the reception on March 6th, 5:30 – 7:30 or if not for that, anytime during the month. Feel free to contact me if you wish to meet up at the gallery to discuss my work. Of course, Sandra is available most of the time, the gallery is open T-Saturday 11-5 and by appointment.

Here is some more information on the gallery website: http://sandraleegallery.com/current-exhibition/

Below is a catalogue of works which you will see – with a few in the back room. 8 are hanging in the installation. And one large painting , a 5 ft x 7 ft ‘it fell from the sky: domino effect’ does not have an image here.

Sporadic Inference by kathryn arnold oil on canvas 45” x 66”

Sporadic Inference by kathryn arnold
oil on canvas
45” x 66”

A Poet’s Awareness by kathryn arnold Oil on canvas 18” x 18” unframed size

A Poet’s Awareness by kathryn arnold
Oil on canvas
18” x 18” unframed size

A Poet’s Forest by kathryn arnold  Oil on canvas 18”

A Poet’s Forest by kathryn arnold
Oil on canvas
18” x 18” unframed size

Joker’s Paradox #1: “Imagine me, trying too hard to put you from my mind” (Phantom of the Opera) by kathryn arnold Oil on Canvas with Gold Composition Leaf 84” x 84”

Joker’s Paradox #1: “Imagine me, trying too hard to put you from my mind” (Phantom of the Opera) by kathryn arnold
Oil on Canvas with Gold Composition Leaf
84” x 84”

Winter: Winter’s Wind Oil on Canvas with Gold Composition Leaf by kathryn arnold  84” x 84”

Winter: Winter’s Wind
Oil on Canvas with Gold Composition Leaf by kathryn arnold
84” x 84”

Fish and Dragon by kathryn arnold Oil and Varnishes on Canvas 84” x 84”

Fish and Dragon by kathryn arnold
Oil and Varnishes on Canvas
84” x 84”

“It’s this white closed flight…against the fire of a bracelet…” (Mallarme) by kathryn arnold oil on canvas 48” x 60”

“It’s this white closed flight…against the fire of a bracelet…” (Mallarme)
by kathryn arnold
oil on canvas
48” x 60”

“…the scepters of shores of roses…” (Mallarme) by kathryn arnold oil on canvas 48” x 60”

“…the scepters of shores of roses…” (Mallarme) by kathryn arnold
oil on canvas
48” x 60”

Skein of Memories by kathryn arnold Oil on Canvas 40 x 48”

Skein of Memories by kathryn arnold
Oil on Canvas
40 x 48”

Blue to Green by kathryn arnold Oil on Canvas 63” x 78”

Blue to Green by kathryn arnold
Oil on Canvas
63” x 78”

A Poet’s Mementos by kathryn arnold Oil on canvas 18” x 18” unframed size

A Poet’s Mementos by kathryn arnold
Oil on canvas
18” x 18” unframed size

A Poet’s Spring by kathryn arnold Oil on canvas 18” x 18” unframed size

A Poet’s Spring by kathryn arnold
Oil on canvas
18” x 18” unframed size

Preparing for solo exhibition in march 2014

I am preparing for a solo exhibition at Sandra Lee Gallery. There is one painting she would like to have but at this time it is unfinished and I am not sure I can complete it before the March opening on March 6. We’ll see!

Sometime this week, possibly tomorrow, I will re-stretch two other possibilities – two large works that are about 78 inches tall by 66 inches wide. They have never been exhibited. Also two smaller works are currently being framed to pick up later this upcoming week.

From I Need I Want series, kathryn arnold, 66 x 78, oil on canvas

From I Need I Want series, kathryn arnold, 66 x 78, oil on canvas

From I Need I Want series, kathryn arnold, 66 x 78, oil on canvas

From I Need I Want series, kathryn arnold, 66 x 78, oil on canvas

Please be invited! Group New Year Exhibition with 2 of my paintings January 2014 at Sandra Lee Gallery

Please be invited! Group New Year Exhibition with 2 of my paintings January 2014 at Sandra Lee Gallery. Feel free to contact me with questions or the gallery. Hope to see you, Kathryn

2014 New Year Group Exhibition
Exhibition Dates: January 7th, 2014- January 31st, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 9th 5:30-7:30
Sandra Lee Gallery
251 Post Street, Suite 310
San Francisco, CA 94108
[t] 415.291.8000
art@sandraleegallery.com

Inspiration…energy, color, feeling

Beach at Santa Cruz by Kathryn Arnold, 60"w x 54"h, oil on canvas

Beach at Santa Cruz by Kathryn Arnold, 60″w x 54″h, oil on canvas

"Threw all I had into the sea"  (from T. Petty tune) by Kathryn Arnold, 78"w x 58"h, oil on canvas

“Threw all I had into the sea” (from T. Petty tune) by Kathryn Arnold, 78″w x 58″h, oil on canvas

2014 New Year Group Exhibition
Exhibition Dates: January 7th, 2014- January 31st, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 9th 5:30-7:30
Sandra Lee Gallery
251 Post Street, Suite 310
San Francisco, CA 94108
[t] 415.291.8000
art@sandraleegallery.com

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