PRESS RELEASE

EXHIBIT: Katie Maratta & Owen McAuley
DATES: 29 October 2009 – 12 December 2009
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, 29 October 2009, 6 – 8 pm
GALLERY TALK: Saturday, 31 October 2009, 1 pm

Katie Maratta and Owen McAuley’s exhibit at d berman gallery will be two separate explorations of the evocative qualities of space and place, and the personal connotations associated with endless expanses of land, confined locations, and the ordinary objects contained in each.

Katie Maratta says of her work: “My subject matter is the Texas horizon. My pieces are typically 1 inch high and 4 feet long. This format allows me to mirror the reality. Because the pieces can not be seen all at once, the viewer has to “travel” the work. … They should feel cramped and crowded, but they manage to convey a surprising sense of space. … They share a quality with Chinese porcelain of the complete world that one can hold in one’s hand.” Ms. Maratta received her BA in studio art at Princeton University, BA, Studio Art. After several years working as a cartoonist and illustrator, she is now happy to concentrate on drawings of her adopted state of Texas.

Owen McAuley says of his work: “My work is primarily about place, the power of a particular place to burn an impression on the mind regardless of whether it has any actual importance. In taking such a place and rendering it meticulously, to explore all its aspects in depth, I hope that my work lends a place its own power and opens it to investigation of all its possible histories, or even futures.” Mr. McAuley earned a BFA in painting at Eastern Washington University, and an MFA in painting from the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently living and working in New York City.

d berman gallery
1701 Guadalupe Street
Austin, Texas 78701
512.477.8877
Gallery hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11 - 6 & by appointment

For high-resolution images and other information to accompany these exhibitions, please see our press website at http://www.dbermangallery.com/press access page.htm. The press site includes links to both the current and upcoming shows. For any other information or materials, please email Anastasia Colombo at anastasia@dbermangallery.com.

d berman gallery is wheelchair accessible. Unless otherwise noted, all events and exhibits are open and free to the public.