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Thursday, April 8, 2010


a 2-man show featuring
Charles Katzenbach and Andrew Werth
at Artists' Gallery in Lambertville, NJ
April 9 – May 2, 2010
Opening reception: Saturday, April 10, 2010, 6-9pm

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.

"Ontological Status of a Moonlight Sonata"
Acrylic on panel, 24 x 18
by Andrew Werth

The title of the show, 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.

"Disorderly Colors"
oil on glass
by Charles Katzenbach

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.

Artists' Gallery
18 Bridge Street
Lambertville, NJ
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Gallery hours: every Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11 am - 6 pm

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