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Virginia Katz ’s artwork results from a close collaboration with her environment\, including nature-based and rnan-made artifacts and influe nces. Her practice involves various modes of accumulation which she then in vests with new form and meaning. She has recorded the rhythm of waves and w ind\, analyzed patterns of our air travel and collected evidence of human c onsumption. She then translates her observations and gatherings into abstra ctions that speak to our place in the cycles of nature\, location\, time an d memory.  

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This exhibition repr esents the culmination of eight years worth of amassing various paper-based items encountered by Katz. The papers range from mundane receipts and coff ee warmers to travel mementos to credit cards and advertisements. Each pape r has been cut to equally sized\, two-centimeter square pieces\, attached t o 22" x 30" sheets of paper and arranged into an 11 foot installation. The tiles\, which Katz refers to as ‘markers’\, or souvenirs of a specific time and place\, form a massive swirling\, Gaudi-like wall mosaic. The piece be comes a multi-layered memento or reminder of the artist's personal journeys as well as that of the materials. The volume of material used and rnap-lik e composition carries with it issues of consumerism\, globalism\, the Trash Vortex and so on. 

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For Katz\, Trading Places - 8 Years\, “was an attempt to ally man-made design with the p rocess of natural form by using the recording device of the marker over a p rolonged period of time\, while referencing terrain and using paper as a pa inting medium.”

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An ongoing inspiration in Katz’s work have been t opographic maps\, which have taken numerous forms. This is one in a series of exhibitions featuring her rnap-based pieces which will continue in June.

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LOCATION:Ruth Bachofner Gallery\,Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave.\, G-2\
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SUMMARY:Trading Places - 8 Years\, VIRGINIA KATZ
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