Artists' Gallery Blog

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Through the Glass

Katzenbach and Treichler Exhibit “Through the Glass”
at Artists’ Gallery

Through the Glass, an exhibition of new works by Charles “Chuck” Katzenbach and John Treichler, will be presented at The Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville from October 10 through November 2. The exhibition highlights works in painted mirror and glass panes and photographs from the artists. An opening reception with the artists will be held on the evening of Saturday October 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

In addition, workshops highlighting the techniques and skills of Katzenbach and Treichler will held as part of a series of artist workshops held at the Artists’ Gallery. Treichler will host a workshop titled “Photography: Taking Your Photos from Good to Great” on October 15 from 10:00 to 1:00. Katzenbach will host “Self-Portraits in Glass” on November 13, from 9:00 to noon.

"Clear Triangles"
oil on glass, by Charles Katzenbach

“In the last few years, I have been working with oils on several layers of glass”, says Katzenbach. “By building interrelating levels of a grid, the spaces that exist between the elements vary as the viewer’s perspective changes. I also believe in the power of the brush and other tools in the application of pigment, adding depth that provides a nearly tactile experience. This, hopefully, further involves and challenges the viewer, and that involvement is my primary goal” says Katzenbach.

“One of my first recollections as a child was looking at a tree’s bare branches through an attic dormer window. The panes of glass, separated by muntins, created a grid superimposed on the image. I could see the tree as a whole, but could also appreciate each block of the grid as a separate whole. By moving my head I could change each separate “picture”. I started to study painting at Phillips Exeter. There I used geometry to portray rooftops and structure in representational works. By the time I was in college, the “realistic” use of geometry disappeared, and my work became purely abstract. The relationships between sections of a grid, controlling overlapping and intermingled forms and colors have become the focus of my work.”

Katzenbach studied art at Princeton University with painter, Esteban Vincente and master potter, Toshiko Takaezu, then afterwards 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.

"Rear View"
photograph by John Treichler

Photographer John Treichler finds the dramatic in the ordinary by paying particular attention to composition and line. His photographs are very carefully constructed, giving the image a feeling of energy and serenity at the same time. He strives for images that are perfectly balanced—in line, color, and tone. Working in both color and black & white, the subjects of his photographs range from urban landscapes to abstract organic forms. This exhibit features works that are dark, moody, and fraught with emotional tension.

Largely a self-taught artist, Treichler is a graduate of the Art and Aesthetics program at the Barnes Foundation in Merion, PA. An active member of the Hunterdon and Bucks County art scene, his work has been displayed throughout the area. His work has been displayed at juried shows at the Philadelphia Sketch Club, Gallery 125 in Trenton, and the Phillips’s Mill Photo Exhibition in New Hope. His work has also appeared in a poster for the NJ Historic Preservation Office and has been exhibited at New Hope Arts.

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