Katherine Mann: Colony
This exhibit will be presented from Wednesday, June 12, to Sunday, September 1, 2013.
Gallery Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday
The Rosenberg Gallery is free and open to the public. The Rosenberg Gallery program is funded with the assistance of grants from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the NEA and the Baltimore County Commission on the Arts and Sciences.
About the Exhibit
Katherine Tzu-lan Mann's paintings show how patterned, highly wrought, decorative elements coalesce and then dissolve back into the organic environment. She begins each piece with a stain of color, the product of ink and water evaporating from the paper as it lies on the floor of the studio. From this shape, she creates a landscape using diverse, decorative forms-braids of hair, details from Beijing opera costuming, lattice work, and sequined patterns. Although founded in adornment, these elements are repeated until they appear organic. Each piece is tense with the threat of disunity and incoherence as nature and artifice spring from and merge into one another, and different elements multiply and expand like poisonous growths.
Mann's paintings are hybrids-man-sized fields punctuated by moments of absurdity, poetry, mutation, growth, and decay that she finds both suffocating and fabulous. They are sensuous and rambling, but the works intersperse the chaos with moments of neurotic control. They explore the potentialities of growth, but also of overabundance. Mann thinks of her work as baroque abstract: a celebration of the abundance of connections and clashes that can be found in the disparate mess of matter in the world.