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September 20, 2007 to December 30, 2007

Catherine Gontarek: Falling Upstairs

Satellite Gallery
The Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square, 3rd Floor

The paintings and collages of Catherine Gontarek contain a formal vocabulary of reductive architectonic forms, evoking elements of space, time, and lived experience. Yet within these compositions, the works achieve an unfamiliar or uncanny sensibility, somehow suggesting some ghostly, latent aspect of a familiar environment. The juxtaposition of illumination and obscurity, along with the skillful manipulations of surface and depth, creates an internal logic in each painting that seems to be only partially revealed to the viewer.

Gontarek states “My work is based on the objects, rooms and urban exteriors I see every day. I use both reduction and embellishment of man-made and natural elements to redefine the relationships of background to foreground, positive space to negative, impermanence to regeneration.”

Gontarek received a B.F.A from Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI, and is the Art Director for the Philadelphia Gazette. Solo exhibitions include: Night and Day for Night, University City Arts League, 2004 and a Solo exhibition at the City Book Shop, 1994. Group exhibitions include February Exhibit, Gallery Siano, Philadelphia, PA, 2007; Exhibit 1, Inliquid at Painted Bride Series, 2005; and Four Visions in Collage, Kelly Writers House, 2002.

Tags: painting