JK Gallery is excited to present the work of Jane Catlin in her first exhibition in Los Angeles, running running from January 10 to February 14. Based in Utah, Catlin mixes organic and inorganic imagery in an investigation of the impact of rising population growth and industrialization on the environment. This synthesis of forms reflects the complexity of nature's processes and the interconnected struggle to survive against the rapidly-changing landscape and climate. Catlin energetically renders these phenomena with paint, pencil, and crayon on mylar and linen, simultaneously revealing and obscuring biological adaptations.
The delicate and whimsical use of color in Catlin's works on mylar conveys a sense of wonder at the activities of earth's organisms while the darker crayon on linen pieces present a more sinister outlook. Despite these contrasting perspectives, Catlin aims for her work to illustrate her eager and inquisitive observations of environmental change.
Jane Catlin received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1989 and is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Utah State University. She has exhibited internationally and throughout the United States.
JK Gallery is also pleased to announce the exhibition featuring new drawings by Meeson Pae Yang. Combining a variety of media, Yang creates multilayered translucent and opaque bio-synthetic forms that weave from representation to abstraction. Utilizing a variety of media and techniques from soft washes and blobs of ink and watercolor, to clean lines of digital rendering or pen and pencil, all elements seem to combine into a fluid captivating scene.
Yang observes both the microscopic and macroscopic world and manifests the digested pieces to fasten a new narrative. Her work alludes to mysterious functions and biosynthetic hybrids, reflecting systems within the body, nature, and imagination. Her works becomes environments transporting viewers into a fantastic universe where micro and macro systems converge, bizarre creatures mutate and thrive, and the subconscious and imagination are free. The work is not a literal translation of natural systems, but the extraction and recombination of ideas and images.
Meeson Pae Yang born in Indianapolis, IN graduated from UCLA and resides and works in Los Angeles. She is known for her innovation with specific attention to materiality, space and a consciousness of the natural environment.