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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Do you ever have those moments, where you randomly stumble upon something fascinating on your lunch hour, and aren't sure whether to rush back to work (as you ought) or throw caution to the wind and immerse yourself in the chance encounter that you have found? Just me? Well, the other day, while running errands downtown, I was walking by a big office building and saw some art on display in the lobby that caught my eye. So, of course I had to sneak in and get a peek.


The work of Marc Katano. A Bay Area artist who, according to his artist statement, is interested in the human expression in art, such as the motions, movements and mark making by the artist. Much more eloquently stated by him here. Recently I have been thinking about marks and the simplicity of pattern broken down into the forms and simple marks that they are comprised of. Some are so simple, such as polka dots and chevron: 


{these are not by Marc Katano, just google image search results}
These are both classic patterns and are reinterpreted everyday into new shapes and patterns. Not very complex, I know, but do you see my point? The act of mark making is simple, and yet, so complex. The way the shapes are put together, the composition, the color, the weight and the design all add up to a cohesive and pleasing (or not pleasing) form. This may sound like the first day of design 101, but I think that going back to the basics is worth the consideration.


These are all works from the 90's (my favorite period of his, if I do say so...), but he has quite a diversity of work. Here is a piece from his more recent work:


Again, he is getting back to the basics of mark making and pattern.


So, thank you Marc. You made my afternoon a bit more colorful and reminded me of the basics of art and mark making. Even if it did throw me a bit behind schedule that day... Art and inspiration is always worth it, right? Right.

1 comment :

  1. These pieces are hypnotic. I found myself staring at them like I was in front of one of those giant wall size aquariums at the Academy of Sciences. You ever just stand there, not watching individual fish, but seeing everything as a huge moving tapestry of colors? These images threw me right back there. Well, except the minimalist one that looked spinal columns.

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