Julia Katz, Force of Nature
Addington Gallery is proud to present two new exhibitions to open the Fall Gallery Season.
Both Clayton and Katz are fixtures on the Chicago art scene, and have been featured in numerous one person and group shows in Chicago. Both artists exhibit nationally, and at mid-career have received much attention for their work that often hovers between abstraction and realism.
Julia Katz has received much attention for her paintings of the figure in motion. She has beautifully and convincingly rendered dancers, children at play, swimmers at the beach, crowd scenes, runners, musicians, all the while focusing, not on the particular activity, but on the energy of the scene, and the body in motion. In Katz's newest body of work, her attention has expanded from observation of human movement to ideas about internal movement like breath, influenced by her current practice of Yoga, and external energies, typified by her observation of extreme weather conditions. Katz's new work features powerful gestural abstraction, and the forms are organic and suggestive of nature. The artist works spontaneously and compulsively. In some of the pieces, the human figure is still evident, in others, it is as if the figure has been subsumed by the energy emerging from the painting itself, and from the process of creation.
Both exhibitions give us a window into the some-times dramatic process of an established artist's evolution. In these exhibitions, these painters donot rest on their laurels, but push their ideas and definitions forward into new territories, and the viewer is richer for having taken the unknown path with them.