Ysla Battrell Gallery features “Cursive/Recursive”, new mixed media paintings and installation, by Kate Friedman, opening May 7, 2010
My work seeks a common language: of nature and technology, the rational and the intuitive, order and complexity, the mark of the hand and the mark of the machine.
Original paintings and photographs provide the history and material for my current work. I scan, photograph and manipulate my images digitally, then print these altered forms on large sheets of frosted mylar. Mining my own work, I paint, draw, collage, edit, reassemble on the print, in both meditative and analytic exploration, responding to multiple layers of underlying information. Sometimes it is difficult to tell which parts of the works are made by hand and which are printed by the machine — raising issues of self-appropriation and the mechanical reproduction of my original work.
Variations of scale and fractalization occur in recursive patterns, referencing visible structures in nature, microscopic, or macroscopic views. This work may also suggest complex network visualization in topography and computing—though the data may be overwhelming, and the results inconclusive.