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Karen Reitzel

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Lives in
Los Angeles

Works in
Los Angeles

University of California Irvine, 1992, MFA
University of Nevada Reno, 1989, BA

environmental, Kinetic, sculpture



Working in paint and mixed media, Karen Reitzel explores human negotiation of nature and the places where natural and urban environments intermingle.  She is interested in human emotional responses when encountering the unfamiliar as well as observation of nuance and common details.  Her goal is to enrich an audience's sense of self and place and to inspire contemplation of nearby human-made elements, native plants and animals, or even the nature of the air and light at any particular moment.   By playfully engaging viewers with the dynamism of art that shifts with point of view as in her "pleated" or kinetic work, she strives to make art that is accessible to a wide array of people on a multiplicity of levels.  Reitzel has most recently shown her work at Haaga Gallery at Descanso Gardens, NewTown Pasadena's Reimaging the Arroyo, Ontario Airport, Angel's Gate Cultural Center, and in public art programs for the the cities of Long Beach and Palm Desert.


Recent Exhibits

Karen Reitzel participated in these exhibits:

Sep, 2016 Bareback: Symmetry in Motion
Studio C Gallery
Nov, 2013 Re-Imagining the Arroyo
New Town
Apr, 2011 Cismontane and the Belly of the Valley
24 Hour Gallery
Sep, 2010 Thickening the Plot
Angels Gate Cultural Center
Mina Dresden Gallery
Feb, 2008 The Hugely Tiny Festival
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