My most recent work focuses on attention and intimacy with small, ordinary objects (switch plates) that are painted and assembled on wood panels. I paint in space with objects, light, cords, oil paint and mixed media.
I look to see beauty through my work, exploring the relationship between art and today’s world -- technology, neuroplasticity (re-wiring), shifting perspectives, obsolescence, and what might emerge after functionality is gone. I view obsolete (or in some cases, simply discarded) objects as comprised of unstructured data that can be re-structured. Re-purposing breaks down their identities and re-orders their material forms and functions. They never lose the traces of their specific history. At the same time, they are charged with the possibilities of re-interpretation.
As is the case with most artists, I work in context of the larger art world and have been touched by the work of many creative people. My list of most influential artists shifts over time with my focus and interests. Music that breaks down and re-contextualizes sound has also informed my work. 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, technologies, philosophies and consciousness.
Laurie Katz Yehia is a painter and installation artist in Los Angeles. She studied drawing, painting and ceramics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago before focusing on printmaking with Nathan Oliviera as an art major at Stanford University. Yehia earned her B.A. with Honors in Art from Wesleyan University and has studied painting with Tom Wudl since 2007. Her diverse experiences as artist, lawyer, leadership consultant and mother inform her art. Yehia's work has been exhibited in solo and group shows, selected for awards on ARTslant.com and included in International Contemporary Artists Vol VIII (Lemonidou and Antoniadou, curators, 2014). She has co-curated with Tressa Miller and Tom Wudl exhibitions at ArtShare LA, the studioeleven gallery in Maker City LA, and the Colburn School in Los Angeles.
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
2015 Elements and Energy, studioeleven gallery, Maker City LA, Los Angeles, CA
2014 Laurie Katz Yehia and Valerie Wilcox, HaleArts Space, Santa Monica, CA
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
2016 Arts District Arcade at Night on Broadway, Art Share LA, Los Angeles, CA
2015-16 studioeleven Coda at Colburn, The Colburn School, Los Angeles, 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 studioeleven Coda at Colburn, The Colburn School, Los Angeles, CA*
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