Viewing works by the brilliant artist Katherine Kadish, I remember the very first time I was spellbound by her talent. She had a solo show in 2005 at the Cincinnati Art Museum. She continues to expand her breadth of expertise, and her newest paintings and prints can be seen at the Dayton Visual Arts Center.
The show titled “Inside Out, Outside In” describes this new collection perfectly. The series of paintings and monotypes by the renowned artist is presented in an evocative installation conjuring passageways from one place to another. The work includes large-scale paintings enhanced by shutters and screen doors. The exhibit also includes recent monotypes, single prints created in oil paint and printed from glass plates, made in New York with master printer Lisa Mackie.
“I’ve always been fascinated by views through gateways and windows connecting the inside and the outside,” said Kadish in her artist statement. “In all of these recent paintings and monotypes, the aim is to suggest space beyond the confines of the canvas or the borders of the monotype in addition to evoking seasons, time of the day, wind and weather and sometimes the movement of water. The intention is to feel immersed in color, light, and currents of water and air in nature.”
Sumptuous blooms of color appear to be seen through a window or doorway. In one large-scale oil and mixed-media work, “Garden Gate 1,” the exploding blossoms are framed in lattice shutters. The partially opened shutters create a wonderful shadow pattern on the wall.
The monotypes do indeed invoke a feeling of particular seasons and of wonder: “What lies beyond the windowpane? The viewer can imagine hearing the droplets of spring rain or winter snow. Kadish has also reached an upper echelon of Dayton artists when it comes to the worth of her paintings.
“Presenting this exhibition showcasing the newest work of this internationally acclaimed artist is a true honor for DVAC,” said executive director Eva Buttacavoli. “Kadish has the unique ability to blend both color and pattern into harmonious, poetic visual statements, and these new works exemplify this talent in a profound way. There is a reflective, contemplative quality about this work that resonates with the viewer, evoking memories of time, place and presence.”
Kadish has exhibited her work since 1973 and splits her time between Yellow Springs and New York City. She has held residencies at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst, Va.; Ragdale in Lake Forest, Ill., and Tyrone Guthrie Center for the Arts in Ireland. She has a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and an MA in Art History from the University of Chicago. She also attended the London College of Printing in England.
This exhibition comes at a pivotal point in her career. Kadish recently completed large-scale commissions at the Dayton Metro Library Northwest Branch in Dayton and the Kettering Government Center. Additionally, she received a nomination for the 2017 Governor’s Award for the Arts by the Ohio Arts Council.
This exhibit is sponsored by Linda Lombard and Dr. Robert L. Brandt Jr. Her work was selected through the 2014 Biennial Call for Exhibitions juried by Jason Franz of Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center, Cincinnati, John Kortlander of Columbus College of Art and Design, and Liz Maugens of Zygote Press, Cleveland.