Sky Window: New Works by Kathryn Arnold
August 16- Oct 25, 2014
50 Fremont Street (this is the Salesforce.com Building)
San Francisco, Ca 94105
Curated by Jan Casey and Associates ( casey & associates art advisors)
For more information contact me or Sandra Lee at Sandra Lee Gallery
Below are the artworks included in this exhibition. These are large-scale paintings.
Kathryn Arnold is a San Francisco based artist. Her paintings are a result of intuitive nonobjective processes and contain my search for a clear, precise moment of visual “magic”. At this place where everything comes together, integration occurs. Perhaps this is the magic – the moment is ordinary yet contains this indefinable occurrence of integration – of which each is new and previously unseen. There is no end to this continual process.
By working with abstraction Kathryn Arnold explores meaning and explores perception. She formalizes coincidental and unexpected connections. Experimenting with aleatoric processes, Kathryn creates personal moments revealing the diaphanous character of thoughts and associations in substantial form as they evolve into fields of color.
Growing from this process, Kathryn develops a fascination with the ordering function of the grid and its defining relationship to experience., in particular, the idea of 100 things and the grid defining and ordering these. The one hundred things are thoughts, ideas and images all active within the mind. Not active overtly all at once, but activated in the associations and relationships generated. The grid becomes an actual entity filled with 100 10” x 10” canvases, the end size being 10 squared giving physical form to the concept of infinity. Like real life, nothing is static, yet keeps a sense of underlying structure in the realm of pure chance and chaos. In this exhibition, 100! has taken on a modular form.
Kathryn’s abstractions do not typically reference recognizable forms; and meaning is shifted and interpretations become multifaceted. By rejecting objective truth the viewer is present with their own perceptual experience. At times, a fascination with the ordering function of the grid comes into play along with its defining relationship to experience, in similar way that language develops.
In “100! Silver Lining” , the 7th work of this series which is included in this exhibition, the images used are from Kathryn’s own photographs of the briefly blooming flowers at Joshua Tree National Park and are placed upon a slender silver grid (“Silver Lining”) making an ecological/environmental statement .
Kathryn studied at the Kansas City Art Institute for three years and completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting at the University of Kansas, Lawrence with a Phi Kappa Phi honor. She completed her (MFA) Master of Fine Arts in Art with Honors.
Kathryn Arnold has shown her work on a national scale, from New York City to Hawaii, from Los Angeles to Chicago and Kansas City and St Louis. She has been written about by Alan Artner, art critic for the Chicago Tribune and Raphael Rubenstein, senior editor of Art in America along with many others. Her work is included in numerous public and private collections.
She exhibits nationally in galleries, universities and art centers and is a NEA Regional Fellowship recipient. She has received other fellowships, grants and awards as well. Kathryn’s work is included in numerous public and private collections.