NY2CA Email List Artist Reception
5-7pm Sunday, August 13, 2023
Reception is open to everyone on our list. Sign up to join us.
No host bar, light snacks, and live music!
Violist, Katrina Wreede
Like most people, I spend much of my life desiring this or that. Wanting a community. Wanting solitude. Wanting a relationship. Wanting to travel. Wanting to be home. Wanting adventure. Wanting comfort. Wanting success. Wanting to be “cool”.
This yearning ~ I think ~ is the driving force behind my art-making.
I want to make cool stuff. I want to make things that fascinate or evoke emotions. I want to bring things into the world that are new. I want to make art that pulls at you. I yearn for these things.
The studio is the place in my life where I truly feel free, competent, and comfortable. At peace. Or in turmoil! I am 100% in charge. I make all the decisions, I take all the responsibility. I can give it my all. I yearn for more time in my studio.
In my studio, I can take the energy from my many yearnings and transfer it into a mental and physical process and a physical product as an end result. This is a sort of alchemy: lead into gold. Anxiety is the raw material; a sense of wonder is the product.
There are many bodies of work in the show:
Timeline Panels: A series of seven paintings/drawings on board, detailing my personal reactions to the events of the fall of 2020 through the summer of 2021; the pandemic, the election, the insurrection, the vaccinations, and the lifting of mask requirements.
Nepal Paintings: A group of four acrylic paintings based on my photos in Nepal in October of 2022. We completed a twelve-day trek to Annapurna Base Camp. We traveled to the major cities, visited temples and shrines, and also to the tropical forest in the south at Chitwan. It was a life-changing experience for me.
WWII Airplane Series: A group of small acrylic paintings of WWII-era aircraft with abstract elements in the background. Thinking about our struggles with fascism.
Leonardo Studies: A large group of drawings on wood panels, or paper collaged onto panels. As an homage to the master’s notebooks, I began presenting a few of my ideas, sketches, and studies for sculptures and instruments as finished work.
Portraits: Various paintings. While in college, I supported myself during the summers by traveling and doing portraits on the street. I still continue making portraits of myself and others.
Prismacolor drawings: Small Prismacolor drawings on black paper, abstractions or images of flowers. These are quick color studies or snapshots of my emotional states.
Kinetic Sculptures: Small sculptures that move, made from bamboo, hot glue, found and recycled objects, motors and wires. Celebrating the pathos of the mechanical.
Sound Sculptures: Amplified sculptures that create sound using piezo contact microphones.
Instruments: Invented instruments intended for use in performance, incorporating piezo contact microphones ~ some can be shown as sound sculptures.
Hanging sculptures: Birds and airplanes made from bamboo, acrylic-coated tissue paper, and hot glue. Some are scale models for bigger bamboo pieces, one inch to one foot.