In their upcoming two person exhibition, An Other World, at The Folk Tree, Patricia Krebs and Katrin Wiese display mixed media pieces and paintings. The show is on view from July 17 – August 14, 2010. Krebs and Wiese are artists with a lot to say, and they say it in unique, often quirky figurative work that deals with the human condition and humankind’s connection to the world. The public is invited to a reception for the artists on Saturday, July 17, from 2 – 6 P.M.
Wiese is originally from Germany, Krebs from Argentina. Both have been influenced by their experiences as immigrants to this country.
Patricia Krebs says, “Art is like magic: if you already know the trick, it doesn’t cause the same effect. Art is believing and throwing yourself into the experience, like a child playing. Even though I take my artistic work very seriously, I still have a lot of fun while I’m creating.”
Her mixed media pieces are made with natural and discarded objects and other materials, including paper clay, which she uses for her distinctive faces. She believes found objects “possess a special beauty that becomes visible once they have lost their intended purpose, once they have no reason to be.”
Patricia’s work often deals with the idea of “outsiders”, or as she refers to them, “others.” She uses masks and disguises in narrative compositions portraying characters aspiring to be something other than what they are or characters in transition. Her work for this show contains playful and theatrical elements.
Krebs grew up in Buenos Aires. She has degrees from Argentina in Art Education, Painting, and Contemporary Visual Art. She is also a working guitarist, singer and songwriter. Krebs has collaborated with other artists, writers, actors, musicians and educators on many projects, including murals, graphic design, illustration, puppetry, and props and costumes for theatre. Her experience in all these genres has had a profound impact on her visual art, which has been exhibited internationally. More locally, her work has been shown at Fremont Gallery, Avenue 50 Studio, Cactus Gallery, Monkeyhouse, and several other venues.
Katrin Wiese enjoys painting caricatured figures in crowded surreal narratives that require active viewer participation. Her stylized characters are eccentric and often comical, her compositions ironic and layered with symbolism. She relishes the idea that “unsuspecting viewers step into a space full of (her) stories, and that they get to help interpret them.”
Originally from Schoenberg, Germany, Wiese received her Masters degree from Cal State, San Bernardino. Her art has been displayed at galleries throughout Southern California, including Hamilton Galleries, Santa Monica, and she has completed murals for the Riverside Arts Foundation and Washington State University. Wiese was on the faculty of La Sierra University, University of Redlands, and Cal State, San Bernardino. She was recently awarded Best in Show at the Riverside Art Museum’s Annual Members Show, which included more than 150 artists from the region.
Two truly inventive artists, Krebs and Wiese have styles that complement each other and push their audience to use their imaginations.