STREET now open! Chicago | Los Angeles | Miami | New York | San Francisco | Santa Fe
Amsterdam | Berlin | Brussels | London | Paris | São Paulo | Toronto | China | India | Worldwide
 
New York

Cathie Bleck

Indicator-greybk-0576b3776febf9f4be8e16c49bdf76da
 
  • 20130917143122-cathie_painting_cavejulia
  • 20130917143626-aquaregia_3
  • 20130917142315-forest_from_the_trees_low
  • 20130917142549-the_ancestral_spirit_low
  • 20121005223530-circleisbroken_besthi
  • 20130917145309-fragility_owllovebirds
  • 20130917144730-fragility_august_low
  • 20130917145628-april_fragility
  • 20130917150145-fragility_naturescalling1_pg
 



20121005232725-cathiebleck_profilepicjux

Birthplace
Waukegan, Illinois

Lives in
Cleveland, OH

Works in
Chicago, IL

Website

Schools
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1978, BFA

Representing galleries
Bonfoey Gallery, Yves LaRoche, Enid Lawson

Tags
conceptual, figurative, surrealism, realism, spiritual, clay board, scratchboard

Cathie Bleck Artist

Artist Statement

“When I was a girl I fell in love with darkness.  The tools I work with-pen, ink, knives and clay-became natural choices for someone drawn to observe and record the world in close detail.  My art explores the space and tension between opposing forces. These forces in our lives can be profoundly good or extraordinarily bad. I don't see darkness as a place of fear, rather choosing to associate it with a sense of risk and excitement, about possibilities that could be good or very bad; a state of mind. 

I see and feel the most important part of being human as those moments when we have the courage to be reborn, rise up and overcome adversity.  What I find myself drawn to in art is depicting these exploring moments of transformation.  Not the condition before or after, but the state when something happens and we are moving through our lives.  That is the point in time when we experience courage, love and transcendence.  This 'movement' of life is a culmination of many pieces which fit together in a complex puzzle that shifts a little here and there, morphing over time.  My intent is to interpretate this outcome by utilizing interconnected forms, intense contrasts of tone and imagery, emphasizing the necessity for all species to maintain an equilibrium in a world of constant change."


Process

Through the exploration of symbolic narrative imagery, carved into earth’s clay, I etch away at the dark exterior of a clay surface,revealing the level of colors within.

I have been experimenting with the life of clay  and it's soul, texture, power, and palette help invent styles. By using kaolin in its liquid form I make my own paint pigments and use various tools such as etching knives, razors, sandpaper and sponges to scrape and wipe away the clay and inks.  Exposing the clay to different temperatures creates unique effects as well as building up dimension as the clay begins to harden, thus the artworks are somewhere between 2D and 3D."


CV

http://www.cathiebleck.com/biograph...

 

Recent Exhibits

Cathie Bleck participated in these exhibits:

Aug, 2013 Copro Gallery 20th Anniversary
CoproGallery
 
Mar, 2013 Futurology
CoproGallery
 
Sep, 2012 BLAB WORLD 2012 Group Art Exhibition
CoproGallery
 
Mar, 2012 Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine Turns 18!
CoproGallery
 
Jan, 2011 Illustrators 53: Sequential/Series and Uncommissioned Exhibit
Society of Illustrators
 
Oct, 2010 RE:FORM SCHOOL
RE:FORM SCHOOL
 
Click here to see all exhibits for Cathie Bleck

Copyright © 2006-2012 by ArtSlant, Inc. All images and content remain the © of their rightful owners.