Reflections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Paintings by Charles Katzenbach and Andrew Werth

Art Exhibit:  April 9 – May 2, 2010
Opening Reception:  Saturday, April 10, 2010, 6-9pm

Lambertville, NJ, March 11, 2010 – Reflections, an exhibition of colorful, eye-catching abstract paintings by Charles Katzenbach and Andrew Werth, will be on display at Artists’ Gallery from Friday, April 9, through Sunday, May 2, 2010. A reception with the artists will be held at the gallery’s new location (18 Bridge Street, Lambertville, NJ) from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. on April’s “Second Saturday,” April 10, 2010.

In Reflections, Katzenbach and Werth offer viewers a variety of visual experiences through the manipulation of paint, pattern, and surface.  As you walk around the gallery, paintings change their appearance depending upon where you stand.  In Katzenbach’s oil paintings on glass and mirrors, your angle of view determines which planes of color are revealed and which are hidden, with reflections from one layer interacting with the paint on another.  Werth’s acrylic paintings make use of thousands of hand-painted marks of color that the eye integrates differently depending upon how far back you stand from the work.  In addition, some works include reflective and pearlescent pigments whose appearance changes as you walk from left to right.

Reflection also refers to a type of symmetry used by both artists in this exhibition.  Katzenbach’s Disorderly Colors, for instance, is reflectively symmetrical in its design both vertically and horizontally, though as the title suggests, not in its dramatic use of color.  Werth’s Conceptual Framework has a diagonal reflective symmetry in its geometry, a tessellation of patterns that include rotation and translation as well as reflection.

In addition to these literal reflections, both artists encourage viewers to consider reflections of a more metaphorical kind.  Katzenbach has long been fascinated with Tibetan mandalas and the deeply spiritual and symbolic Sri Yantra. Werth’s paintings are often about how our embodied minds make sense of the world and are inspired by his interest in philosophy and cognitive science.

Charles Katzenbach studied art both at Princeton University with painter Esteban Vincente and master potter Toshiko Takaezu and then at the New York Studio School.  He was featured in New Art International 2004 and has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the Northeast.  Katzenbach lives in Hopewell, NJ.

Andrew Werth received degrees in Computer Engineering and Information Networking from Carnegie Mellon University and has studied art at various schools in New York City including The Arts Students League, The School of Visual Arts, and The New School. His paintings have been exhibited at many tri-state venues from Philadelphia through Hudson, NY.  Werth lives in West Windsor, NJ.

About the Gallery:  Artists’ Gallery is now located at 18 Bridge Street in the heart of historic Lambertville, NJ. The gallery is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, visit www.lambertvillearts.com.

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April 9 - May 2, 2010 (reception Saturday, April 10, 6-9pm)

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