KATHERINE TSU -MANN
During my visit on Saturday October 24th, I have to admit – the most elegant and full experience of Art was at Laura Korman Gallery. The ambiance of the reception was superbly eclectic, and engaging with classical sounds of a harp. The gallery was carefully curated and brimming with vivacious color in Katherine Tsu-Mann’s work on paper. They were complex yet very engaging. Her work has an impact for the end of the room – and when you come close – you are equally engaged in the detail…. It s a wow kind of work. KatherIne Tsu Mann – ARTIST STATEMENT: Mann’s 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 once again. The artist begins 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, she nourishes 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 and highlight 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. Mann’s paintings are utter hybrids; man-sized fields punctuated by moments of absurdity, poetry, mutation, growth and decay that are 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. Mann thinks of her 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”
In the gallery;s own words, the gallery mission, Laura Korman Gallery “offers a mindful approach to participating within the international and local art markets, showcasing the work of contemporary artists. The works of art encourage viewers to connect deeply with the universality of the human experience. Laura Korman Gallery actively supports a welcoming environment for arts in the Los Angeles community, providing a space for new perspectives and a timely release for all to share.”
This gallery’s artist roster highlights the works of emerging and mid-career artists with a keen eye for the pulse of contemporary society. Whether through vibrant color, social commentary, or innovative structural techniques, these artists offer thought-provoking imagery across a variety of media.
Laura Korman is a Los Angeles native whose relationship with the arts is a family tradition. For her father, comedy veteran Harvey Korman, creativity was a way of life. And after growing up immersed in the talents of Hollywood, his daughter forged her own artistic path. Korman received her B.A. from Scripps College in Psychology and Italian, and earned her M.A. from New York University in Childhood Education and Special Education. By combining her interests in education and art, she built a career in arts administration, sales, and marketing as a Gallery Director at TAG Gallery for three years, before beginning a gallery of her own. Korman is active in the Santa Monica community, serving on the Santa Monica Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) as a board member and is also a steering committee member of the Bergamot Station Gallery Cultural Association (BSGCA)
It has been a true and rewarding surprise!
Tsvetana for Art Chronicle