Ruth Bachofner Gallery is pleased to present Charted Territories, an exhibition of new work by local artist Virginia Katz. There will be a reception for the artist on Saturday, June 11, 5-7 PM
For over a decade, Virginia Katz’s artwork has revolved around the practice of accumulation, typically seeking out information and artifacts found in nature and her own environment. She has tracked the rhythm of waves, the motion of wind, patterns of flight and habits of human consumption and construction in her surroundings. She then translates her findings into visual records, forming
bold abstractions in a variety of media. While her work is derived from close interactions with her environment, it speaks to the broader subject of natural systems and our place within those cycles.
For Charted Territories, Katz drew from satellite imagery and observations made during her daily walks to create textured abstractions that play on scale and perception. In each piece, she employs a rigorous practice that combines painting, printmaking, debossing and her own drawing and mixed media techniques. The imagery she produces is a hybrid of topographic and painterly interpretation. Terrain, creases, crags, cracks and vapor alternately read as worked medium, patterns of the earth or pavement fissures; scale, texture and imagery are cast into a lively interplay of perceptions. “The effect,” Katz states, “is destabilizing,” and highlights her combination of visual record keeping, her interpretation of data and imposed visual narrative of the earth’s geologic history and possible future.
In other work of the same series, Katz examined the earth from a much closer scale, creating three dimensional paintings. In these oil on panel works, the artist uses colors observed in regional soil
samples. She builds up paint, using it the way a sculptor would clay, and carves into the mounds, creating her own topographic paintings in colors that align with specific soil colors.
As Katz probes the natural world for patterns and methodically records her observations, she deconstructs her findings through her artistic process, and offers artworks that prompt close
inspection, fresh perspectives and opportunities for discovery.