On View: November 4 – December 2
The Sol Mednick Gallery of Photography
Terra Hall, 15th floor
The University of the Arts Presents Photographer Kathryn Kolb: Dynamics of Nature
Atlanta-based photographer Kathryn Kolb’s images explore the interplay of abstraction and realism in the natural design elements found in natural landscapes in a variety of environments. The locations range from remote wilderness areas to Kolb’s own urban Atlanta yard, which supports a surprising variety of plants and trees since she stopped mowing it. Her arrangements of shapes can communicate understandings in the same way musical chords or rhythms can directly communicate meanings without using the language-centered part of our minds. It seems that both visual and aural arts, and perhaps all arts at some level, can be traced to intuitive expressions of math. Kolb credits the complex rhythms of the Gypsy Kings in helping her to understand and better develop her visual language.
Kolb writes, “Often it’s the interaction of forms rather than a single subject that becomes the purpose of an image. I edit my work with several layers of design in mind, from two-dimensional graphics to the flow one senses when viewing the entire piece, and each layer must work independently as well as together with the others to create a meaningful read. The symmetries of natural systems, including all life forms, ourselves and the building blocks of our universe, are based on circularity and arcing momentum – types of math as yet unknown to us except perhaps through intuition.” Her sumptuous color photographs, often film based, allow the viewer a meditative respite from a world that is often bereft of organic form and value.