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Marc Katano | When Water Freezes | paintings on paper and monotypes

Leslie Sacks Gallery, Suite B6
Reception for the Artist: Saturday, April 13, 5-7pm
Exhibition Dates: April 13 - May 25, 2019

Marc Katano | When Water Freezes | paintings on paper and monotypes

Leslie Sacks Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of Marc Katano’s recent large-scale paintings on paper, along side a selection of unique monotypes from the late-nineties and mid-2000s.  

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Marc Katano’s paintings and monotypes demonstrate a sensibility of Japanese mark making which apply the gestural and fluid motions of calligraphy. The dynamic ellipses of the monotype are employed as a kind of visual vocabulary. Katano paints iterations of these forms to express his sensibilities, yielding innumerable stories and interpretations. Painting and printmaking are both constructively challenging for him, however printmaking presents an inherent difficulty with the final image being the reverse of what is painted on the plate matrix. This adds complexity for Katano given his style of organic and spontaneous mark making. His multi-hued monotypes were printed and published by Pelavin Editions in New York where he worked for nearly a decade, between 1998 and 2006. He worked solely in water-based inks and paint for the etching plates of the monotypes and used at least three plates for each monotype. The final layer of ellipses was drawn by hand using a sharpened stick with white gouache. Katano made three monotype series with Pelavin Editions; Sluice, 1998, Natsu, 2001, New York Loops, 2006. This exhibition features examples from the New York Loop and Sluice series.

During the late-nineties and mid-2000s, color was of primary importance in Marc Katano’s paintings. Years later, he began painting calligraphic, gestural characters on heavy Nepalese paper and color became less of a concern. This paved the way to his dense black/white and blue/white abstract expressionist compositions within the last decade. Echoes of the ellipses in the monotypes can be found in his acrylic works on paper in their fan-like profiles, as they further impress with the varied washes of vibrant cobalt. Katano’s paintings are emotional and expressive, without requiring superfluous meaning. They emphasize the act of inscription and are inspired by the human condition and the necessity of physical expression. Katano has shares, “Each mark represents nothing more than its own creation, and each piece finds meaning in the harmony of its own structure. While my compositions are organic in form, they are not intended to emulate nature. These forms are used repeatedly, as are letters to make words, but they represent nothing more than themselves. I want the­ viewer to stay with these densely layered paintings, and begin to see the interlaced whole.” Katano appreciates the unpredictable challenge of painting on handmade Nepalese paper. Each sheet is thicker or thinner, more or less smooth than the last, giving way to spontaneous moments of discovery.

Marc Katano’s paintings and works on paper are held in numerous prominent public and private collections and institutions, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA, Legion of Honor, Achenback ­Collection, San Francisco, CA, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA, Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI. Katano’s work has been exhibited at the Skirball Museum, Los Angeles, CA, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA, San Jose Museum of Modern Art.

Leslie Sacks Gallery is located in Santa Monica at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Suite B6. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 10-6, Saturday 11-6. For more information visit, email or call 310 264 0640.

Hi resolution jpeg’s available upon request.


Earlier Event: April 13
Spring Open House
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