This exhibition round includes works by Katherine Sandoz which will be on view in the North Floor Gallery from September 25 – November 16, 2019.
About the JUBILEE exhibit:
To remark upon a jubilee, one recognizes fifty or 25 years of a reign or activity. With regard to academic study of Judaism, jubilee translates as a trumpet blast that marks the seventh cycle of seven years of an agricultural cycle (or shmita). This Yiddish word, shmita or shemita, means release. At this time, all debts are forgiven, land and properties taken will be returned, enslaved peoples are returned to their homes and to their families. At the time of the announcement by the shofar (a ram’s horn trumpet), the land will not be cultivated for the jubilee period. The blast is not only a sound, it is a release of liberty.
While the Torah suggests that a sabbatical year ensues where crops lay fallow, the celebration of jubilee as a concept remains current as it allows for a reckoning of social inequalities and for ecological recovery.
Katherine Sandoz has chosen to mark her 25 years as an artist and her 50 years on this earth, with a release or trumpet blast of paintings. Over the past year and a half, she has created four year-long projects of which JUBILEE is the last.
While painting both indoors and out, from life and from photographs, with the JUBILEE series, Sandoz revisits favorite subjects and locations painting them again and anew. After reflecting on the works she has created over the past 25 years, she re-presents both subject and mode within the new works.
By shifting the palette and alternating the translucence and opacity of the individual passages, Sandoz asks the viewer to shift their perception about what is being shown and from what vantage point or points. With many layers and criss-crossing of complementary colors, the canvas records observations of light, weather, time, color and hints at changing practices, perceptions and perspectives both physical, intellectual and emotional. Most importantly, the work makes notes on the perennial and ever-changing beauty found near to the artist and her home in Savannah, Georgia.
With regard to the discipline of visual art, Sandoz considers and pays homage to the history of painters’ endeavors and to the history of painting. She makes nods to artists and artisans dating from antiquity to the more recent color field and minimalist artists. Her survey is that of the land and its plants as well as of the physical qualities of pigments, paint and water.
In a collaboration between time, paint and artist, these 28 (four cycles of seven) paintings punctuate the final season of the artist’s jubilee.
About the artist:
Katherine Sandoz creates richly layered abstract landscapes inspired by landforms and native flora. Utilizing passages of transparent and opaque, warm and cool, textured and smooth layers of water-based media, Sandoz creates dynamic compositions allowing the viewer to experience the subject matter from multiple vantage points at once. Sandoz application is versatile, creating works on panel, canvas, paper, large scale wall-treatments and murals.