Gallery Openings and Events

Project 4 Presents Feverland by Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann

Dripstone, 2014, acrylic, collage and sumi ink on paper, 60 x 133″ by Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann. Courtesy of Project 4 Gallery.

Dripstone, 2014, acrylic, collage and sumi ink on paper, 60 x 133″ by Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann. Courtesy of Project 4 Gallery.

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Opening Reception: Saturday, October 25 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

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Through November 29, 2014.

Project 4 presents Feverland, a solo exhibition by Washington, DC-based artist Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann. Mann earned her BA with honors in Visual Art from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island and her MFA from the Hoffberger School of Painting at Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD. She received the Fulbright Grant: Taiwan in 2006 and has attended the Triangle Workshop, Blue Sky.

Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann’s Artist Statement
“My paintings show how patterned, highly-wrought, decorative elements coalesce from the chaos and contingency of an organic environment–and how they dissolve into that environment again. I begin each piece with a stain of color, the product of chance evaporation of ink and water from the paper as it lies on the floor of the studio. From this shape, I nourish the landscape of each painting, coaxing from this organic foundation the development of diverse, decorative forms: braids of hair, details from Beijing opera costuming, lattice-work, sequined patterns. Although founded in adornment, these elements are repeated until they too appear organic, even cancerous… and they at once highlight and suffocate the underlying ink stained foundation. Each piece is tense with the threat of disunity and incoherence as nature and artifice spring from and merge into one another, and as different elements multiply and expand like poisonous growths.

My paintings are utter hybrids; man-sized fields punctuated by moments of absurdity, poetry, mutation, growth and decay that I find both suffocating and fabulous. They glory in the sensuous and the rambling, but intersperse the chaos with moments of neurotic control. They explore the potentialities of growth, but also of overabundance. I think of my work as baroque abstract: a celebration of the abundance of connections and clashes that can be found in the disparate mess of matter in the world.”

Gallery Hours:

  • Wednesday-Saturday: Noon to 6pm
  • or by appointment.

Project 4 Gallery is located at 1353 U St. NW, Suite 302. For more information or to arrange a preview, please contact Gallery Manager Kelsey Finn at 202.232.4340 or [email protected] or visit http://project4gallery.com/exhibitions/feverland-2/.

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