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MARIA KATZMAN
A View of Woodstock
On Exhibit from March 15 - May 19, 2014

Artists Reception: Saturday, March 15
from 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Maria Katzman spent five months a year between 2005 and 2011 at the Byrdcliff Artists Colony in Woodstock New York. Each year she lived in the same small cabin on a wooded hillside. At first, her work was a continuation of small oil paintings she had made of scenes from her childhood. But increasingly, the cabin, the forest that surrounded it, and the interplay between natural and manufactured forms began to interest her and, by 2006 she was working exclusively from that tiny universe of objects, nooks and views.

In Katzman's paintings the cabin and its contents have an austere, timeless quality reminiscent of 17th century Dutch still-lifes and interiors, but executed in a cooler contemporary manner. They use natural light to describe shadow and form, but also to supply abstract patterns and shapes that unify her images. Of course, the play of light on objects and the intervals between them always introduces a temporal element and Katztman's paintings evoke a meditation on the slow passage of time. In her contemplative practice, her respect for the integrity of a humble subject, and her preoccupation with fleeting time, Katzman is, in a sense, a stlll-life painter, but one who inhabits her motif.


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