Catherine Passante

Catherine Passante

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    Painting

    Video Art

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    strategy

    the greatest farewell

    Artist's Biography

    I am a painter who has been many things. Hardware tech, web designer, video producer, waitress, mother, you get the idea. Primarily, I have managed work at all these things and maintain a consistent drive mentally that permeated throughout these endeavors – often to their betterment, sometimes to their disadvantage.

    Nonetheless, for better or worse, I possess an internal vision that is compelling and pervasive. At this life stage, I am now able to externalize it in any form I choose.

    I live in South Philly, though I am not a native. Originally from a small, strange town in North Jersey called Succasunna, I attended school at the Philadelphia College of Art, currently called University of the Arts back in the day of punk, big hair, and mayor Frank Rizzo.

    I worked for a large architectural firm in a variety of positions for 28 years which duties included graphic, web, and multimedia design for diverse clients in the cultural, healthcare and sports industries.

    Artist's Statement

    Let's have a serious morning where things make sense.

    Visual perception of reality appears as a tightly, strung, thin plastic veil that struggles to contain within it energy and thrust. Like a plastic shopping bag, it appears thin in places, barely containing the force within it.

    My landscapes, with their extreme linear framework and heightened color, create tension like a balloon being blown up and about to pop. In my abstract works, selected parts of reality are rearranged according to their logic - Energy is allowed to leak through as objects true nature comes into being and balance is achieved.

    In this way, two seemingly opposed approaches, share the same process.

    Selected Exhibitions

    Solo
    2007
    Win Big, Nexus Foundation for Today's Art, Philadelphia, PA

    Two-Person
    2004
    Hit Me! More New Members Show, Nexus Foundation for Today's Art, Philadelphia, PA

    Group
    2018
    PCA Alumni, Gallery at Waurwgan, Inc., Norwich, CT

    2004
    Discontent, Nexus Foundation for Today's Art, Philadelphia, PA

    Snap to Grid, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA

    2003
    Illegal Art Extravaganza, Nexus Foundation for Today's Art, Philadelphia, PA

    1992
    Penn Charter School, Philadelphia, PA

    1989
    Gallery Nadeau, Philadelphia, PA

    1985 - 1988
    Protean Artists Cooperative, Philadelphia, PA

    1981
    Portico Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Awards

    1981
    Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
    Stuart M. Engel Award for Painting Excellence

    1977 - 1981
    Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
    Dean's List

    Education

    2003
    The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    Computer Graphics

    2000
    New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ
    Webmaster Certification

    1987
    Philadelphia Community College, Philadelphia, PA
    Architectural Technology

    1981
    Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
    BFA, Fine Arts