My recent 3-dimensional paintings incorporate found things with mixed media. I work with the color and energetic frequencies of light, as well as light’s metaphorical connotations. Objects and spaces charged with energy and associations serve as subject, architecture, data, and media with both visual and narrative implications. I play with breaking down individual, material identities and look at the relationship between art and technology, neuroplasticity (re-wiring), shifting perspectives, obsolescence and what emerges after functionality is gone. Each piece has its independent identity that can be unified with others as site-specific installations.
While my art practice grows from the tradition of painting, my conceptual approach stems from the lineage of artists questioning what constitutes art in context of current sensibilities, science and technologies, philosophies and consciousness. I strive to synthesize free and deliberate, anti-formal and formal, intuitive and analytical, expressive and conceptual, feminine and masculine.
My perspective has been influenced by a great diversity of artists, among them Duchamp, Flavin, Hesse, Magritte, Martin, Ryman, Tuttle, Twombly, and Wudl.
Laurie Katz Yehia studied drawing, painting and ceramics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago before focusing on printmaking with Nathan Oliviera at Stanford University as an undergraduate studio art major. She earned her B.A. with Honors in Art from Wesleyan University and then continued with printmaking at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. Since 2007, Laurie has been studying painting with Tom Wudl at his studio in Los Angeles.
Developing another side of herself, Laurie earned a J.D. from the University of Southern California, where she co-authored “A Federal Statutory Scheme: Speculation, Defacement and the Residual Interests of Visual Artists,” published in Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts Handbook (1985). She practiced law with a boutique firm, a Fortune 500 corporation, a small music entertainment marketing company and finally Quantum Leadership Solutions, LLC, which she and her husband founded. During this time, she raised three sons.
Laurie’s diverse experiences inform her approach to artwork. Her art has been exhibited in solo and group shows in California, New York, Connecticut, Washington and Illinois; has received multiple awards on ARTslant.com; and has appeared in International Contemporary Artists Vol VIII (Lemonidou and Antoniadou, curators, 2014). She has also curated art shows in the Los Angeles area, most recently co-curating with Tressa Miller and Tom Wudl the first eight exhibitions for studioeleven.
1973 School of the Art Institute of Chicago
1973‐75 Stanford University (printmaking with Nathan Olivera, painting with Frank Lobdell)
1976‐78 Wesleyan University, B.A., magna cum laude with honors in art (printmaking with David Schorr)
1978‐79 School of Visual Arts, New York
1979‐82 University of Southern California, J.D. magna cum laude
2007–Present Tom Wudl Studio (painting), Los Angeles, CA
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2011 Recent Works, Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club, Santa Monica, CA
2010 Open Studio, Wudl Studio, Los Angeles, CA
1978 The Figure and Motion: An Exhibit of Graphic Works, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
Selected Group Exhibitions
2014 Laurie Katz Yehia and Valerie Wilcox, HaleArts Space, Santa Monica, CA
2014 CUT/PASTE, Art Share LA, Los Angeles CA
2014 The Grinstein Artist Invitational: From Generation to Generation, Rosemund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2012 Feat, HaleArts Space, Santa Monica, CA
2012 Bring A Friend, Lois Lambert Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA
2012 Ten on 25, Culver City, CA
2011 Wudl Studios: A Creative Collective curated by Dave Prochaska and Jeff Jamieson, Compact Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA
2011 Flag Stop, an alternative contemporary art event, Torrance, CA
2011 Chain Letter Show curated by Christian Cummings & Doug Harvey, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2011 Venice Art Walk & Auctions, Venice, CA
2009 It’s Not Teatime… At Tom’s, Wudl Studio, LA, CA
2009 Inspiration, Finegood Art Gallery, West Hills, CA
2008 Open Studio, Wudl studio, LA, CA
1979 Bleeker Street Art Gallery, New York City, NY
1978 Best of ’78, Womanart Gallery, New York City, NY
1975 Drawing from the Landscape, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA
- Lemonidou, Eve and Antoniadou, Olga, curators. International Contemporary Artists Vol VIII. New York, US and Athens, EU. ICA Publishing. 2014. Print.
- Singh, Abhilasha. “Showcase Artist: Laurie Katz Yehia.” ARTSlant Los Angeles, Web. 23 Dec. 2013.
- “S.M. Woman’s Club Hosts Artist Talk.” Palisadian-Post 1 Sep. 2011: 12. Print.
- “A Federal Statutory Scheme: Speculation, Defacement and the Residual Interests of Visual Artists” (co-author). 1985 Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts Handbook. New York. Clark Boardman company, Ltd. 1985. “Print.
2015 Elements and Energy, studioeleven Gallery, Los Angeles CA*
2015 Between the Lines, studioeleven Gallery, Los Angeles CA*
2015 Current and Undercurrents, studioeleven Gallery, Los Angeles CA*
2015 Public and Private Codes, studioeleven Gallery, Los Angeles CA*
2014 Geometrics and Color, studioeleven Gallery, Los Angeles CA*
2014 Fantasy at the Edge, studioeleven Gallery, Los Angeles CA*
2014 Abstract Mark, studioeleven Gallery, Los Angeles CA*
2014 Grids, Orbs, Cuts and Blossoms, studioeleven Gallery, Los Angeles CA*
2014 Location, Art Share L.A., Los Angeles, CA**
*Co-curated with Tressa Miller and Tom Wudl
**Co-curated with Tressa Miller