KATIA SANTIBANEZ: Journey of A Solitary Painter

Up and Around, 2011
Graphite on cement
Site specific drawing

KATIA SANTIBANEZ: Journey of A Solitary Painter

KATIA SANTIBANEZ: Journey of A Solitary Painter

KATIA SANTIBANEZ: Journey of A Solitary Painter

KATIA SANTIBANEZ: Journey of A Solitary Painter

KATIA SANTIBANEZ: Journey of A Solitary Painter

Katia Santibañez, Hidden Version (2011)
Acrylic On Panel
36h x 36w in (91.44h x 91.44w cm)

Katia Santibañez, Shadows Upon Shadows (2011)
Acrylic, Black Gesso on Panel
48h x 36w in (121.92h x 91.44w cm)

Katia Santibañez, The Red Path (2011)
Flashe On Panel
60h x 72w in (152.4h x 182.88w cm)

Katia Santibañez, The Other Side (2011)
Ink On Paper
30h x 22w in (76.2h x 55.88w cm)

Katia Santibañez, From One Passion To Another One (2011)
Pencil On Paper
40h x 25w in (101.6h x 63.5w cm)

Katia Santibañez, The Following Summer (2011)
Pencil On Paper
24h x 18w in (60.96h x 45.72w cm)

Katia Santibañez, Shadow (2011)
Pencil On Paper
24h x 19w in (60.96h x 48.26w cm)

Katia Santibañez, Again and Again (2011)
Pencil On Paper
25h x 19w in (63.5h x 48.26w cm)

Katia Santibañez, The Following Summer (2011)
Pencil On Paper
24h x 18w in (60.96h x 45.72w cm)

Silent Repetitions (2011)
36h x 30w in (91.44h x 76.2w cm)

Katia Santibañez

Journey Of A Solitary Painter

October 20 – December 10, 2011

Morgan Lehman Gallery is pleased to present Journey of a Solitary Painter, an exhibition of recent works on paper and paintings by Katia Santibañez. This is the artist’s second solo show with the gallery.

The title of the exhibition is taken from Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s unfinished autobiographical novel: Reveries of a Solitary Walker (1776). Rousseau’s work is centered on the author’s pursuit of finding freedom and happiness in a world outside of society - with its stifling rules and value systems. Similar to Rousseau’s solitary walks, Santibañez finds immense solace in her private studio practice. It is in the act of creating that she is able to connect and interact on a personal level with the natural world around her.

Drawing on micro and macro elements of her natural surroundings: leaves, twigs, branches, forests, ice, snow, mountains etc., Santibañez creates unique systems, often based on a grid, that are at once meditations on nature as well as personal interpretations of the language of minimalist non-representational painting. Her color palette is usually limited to a few colors in a single painting and the result is arresting - as the graphic nature of her line pops with crispness. Conversely, in her drawings, Santibañez will use a variety of pencil weights, giving her works on paper a range of subtleties as if “brushed by a moth’s wings”.


Katia Santibañez was born in Paris and received her B.F.A. from the Ecole des Beaux Arts in 1990. She has shown extensively in museums and galleries, both in the United States and in France, and her work has been featured in many publications including the Brooklyn Rail, The New Yorker, Art News and the New York Times. She currently lives and works in New York.

Press

Brooklyn Rail In Conversation with Katia Santibañez

By Phong Bui