Thursday, January 17, 2013

BURLINGTON: Karla Wozniak paintings & lecture at UVM

Magic Mountain
The Colburn Gallery at UVM

Exhibit: Jan. 14 -Feb. 1, 2013
Artist Talk: Wed., Jan. 30,
at 5:30 pm in Williams 301

Karla Wozniak’'s paintings and works on paper show us the back roads and any-places of the American landscape. Here, the collision of suburban sprawl with the natural world, and the romance of the great American road trip with its shabbier realities, finds its painted equivalent. Wozniak’s audacious color (from harmonic sunsets to toxic sludge and plastic) and playfully rigorous surface structures (from weighty tectonic shapes to light, transparent veils of paint) unfold with all the raucousness of a strip mall development at the edge of a national park. 

For the last eight years, Wozniak has taken a boots-on-the-ground approach to making her work that recalls the photographs of William Eggleston and Robert Adams. With a relentless desire to travel, Wozniak collects snapshots of the passing landscape from the window of her moving Subaru. These images, with their chance croppings and matter-of-fact style, become catalysts for the paintings that archive not one specific moment in today’s landscape, but a broader sense of our time and place.

Images: by Karla Wozniak

Top: Vista, East Tennessee / 2012
Oil on panel / 35 x 35 inches

Bottom: Kingston Pike Arby's, Knoxville / 2011 / Oil on panel / 22 x 24 inches


This event is made possible by the Colburn Visiting Artist and Exhibitions Committee, with additional support from the Mollie Ruprecht Visiting Artists and Scholars Fund.