Spanierman Modern is pleased to announce the opening on June 1, 2010, of Katherine Parker: Watermark , an exhibition and sale of new large-scale abstractions in which Parker continues to give nuanced expression to inner consciousness. At the same time referencing landscape more than in the past, in her vivid, resonating surfaces she encompasses the impact of her outer awareness of places she has been or thought about.
Working in the tradition of abstract expressionism since her college days in the 1970s, Parker uses an intuitive process that she compares to a "highwire act." Themes of time and change are present in her work in which she builds thin layers of paint and then scrapes them away, employing oil because of its light and subtlety, as she strives toward an intensity of color.
In the eroding and emerging forms of her textured canvases, memories of her experiences are below the surface or come forward, while she holds the moment that "something takes off," an aspect of her art that is a metaphor for how "in real time, we try to fix things, but they can't be fixed, try to hold things, but they can't be held." The theme of the watermark, a form emergent in light, is evoked in the translucent surface in Smoke and the distant echoes in Malta .
Parker has drawn inspiration from the work of many artists, including Matisse, de Kooning, Motherwell, Diebenkorn, Joan Mitchell, Susan Rothenberg, Bill Jensen, Milton Resnick, and Joan Snyder. Painting for Parker is a language of personal development and internal perceptions, based in the moment yet contemplative and metaphysical.
Parker received her B.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University and her M.F.A. from Columbia University. She has exhibited at the Queens College Art Center (solo show); the Jersey City Museum (solo show); the Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, New Jersey; P.S. 1 (MOMA), New Jersey State Museum, Trenton; the National Catholic Museum, New York; Rutgers University, Piscataway, New Jersey; and the Noyes Museum, Oceanville, New Jersey. She has received fellowships from the Edward F. Albee Foundation, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and Yaddo. She is represented in the collections of the Jersey City Museum, Trenton; New York University Law School; Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey; and the Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, New Jersey.