Kathryn Arnold: Passages

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installation in process, March 21, 2009 Oil On Canvas Each 55" H X 96" Wide © kathryn arnold
March 21st, 2009 - May 30th, 2009

415 834 2394
m-f regular business hours, s/s through large window viewing
paintings, scale, large, Casey, Jan, arnold, Kathryn
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Kathryn  is currently working with ideas of passages and implied mystery using a variety of landscape qualities, such as the large-scale horizontal format, in this set of works. The colors, textures and lighting relate to an internal or primeval sense of place and passages of times of day that mark our existence and assist with creating this linkage. Pulling from the concept of the ‘heroic' landscape in terms of scale yet simultaneously pulling away from that cultural aspect informs these works as they incorporate large expanses of marks and color. The sense of touch (how we first experience the world)  and chaotic energy of color and marks play an important role in building up layers that function to create and encompassing, enveloping field and the bewildering space experienced in those without an implied horizon line.


From Victor Papanek


"...humans may have an imprinted preference for winding paths that provide "mystery" and "give the impression that one could acquire new information if one were to travel deeper into the scene."...An argument could be made that it also informs haptic satisfaction we derive from viewing a painting......In the case of mystery, the new information is not present; it is only suggested or implied. ...there is a strong element of continuity..."

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