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cathy breslaw
updated: 03/29/2012
website: www.cathylbreslaw.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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lightness of being #1
Weightless
metamorphosis
dancing dreams
parallel universe
street bubbles
manifestations of the unknown
space clash
energized
painted ladder
traveling vines
dancing in the street
web of space and time
a matter of space
traveling those vines
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, feminist, science, geometric, gestural, site-specific, spiritual, process, collage, organic
 
 
lightness of being #1 by cathy breslaw
lightness of being #1
industrial mesh
2010
98"" x  96"" 
Weightless by cathy breslaw
Weightless
commercial wire mesh
2010
Dimensions variable
metamorphosis by cathy breslaw
metamorphosis
industrial mesh/mixed media
2012
Dimensions variable
dancing dreams by cathy breslaw
dancing dreams
industrial mesh/ mixed media
2010
13" x  23" 
parallel universe by cathy breslaw
parallel universe
mixed media on plastic
2010
Dimensions variable
street bubbles by cathy breslaw
street bubbles
mixed media on plastic
2010
25"" x  40"" 
manifestations of the unknown by cathy breslaw
manifestations of the unknown
mixed media on plastic
2011
048"" x  87"" 
space clash by cathy breslaw
space clash
mixed media on plastic
2011
25"" x  38"" 
energized by cathy breslaw
energized
mixed media on industrial mesh
2010
24" " x  14"" 
painted ladder by cathy breslaw
painted ladder
paint,mixed media
2010
Dimensions variable
traveling vines by cathy breslaw
traveling vines
industrial mesh
2011
Dimensions variable
dancing in the street by cathy breslaw
dancing in the street
mixed media on mesh
2010
14"" x  14"" 
web of space and time by cathy breslaw
web of space and time
mixed media on plastic
2011
22" " x  26"" 
a matter of space by cathy breslaw
a matter of space
mixed media installation
2011
Dimensions variable
traveling those vines by cathy breslaw
traveling those vines
commercial mesh , mixed media
2011
72" " x  25"" 

Artist Statement
My work engages materiality in many forms.  It has its roots in childhood and the family fabric business. Spending a  multitude of hours around fabrics of all kinds - seeing and feeling colors, textures and  patterns presented on an array of  fabric types, made an indelible impression which followed me into adulthood and into the art I make. So,  it is not  surprising that given my years in southern California, light and space, mixed in with materials, urged me to create mostly  large scale wall, floor and installation works that reflect the ephemeral transparent lightness of the environment in which  I live, highlighting the fragility of life.  The work, which references painting, drawing, and sculpture, draws upon a variety of materials, ideas, and inspiration. In  my travels to southeast asia, I located an industrial mesh that has dominated my work for several years. . Fascinated by this  material, I visited the factory in Shanghai, and brought the materials back to my studio where I could experiment, explore  and expand its possiblities.  Challenged by the idea of using ordinary, easily accessible commercial materials, I am  always researching and using related materials for my work.  .  Rather than sitting in oceans and waste stockpiles, I have repurposed and transformed these materials into  art pieces that will long endure in homes, and on display in other public places.  Many of the works draw inspiration from my abstract drawings with ideas stemming from my imagination about space  and time. The drawings, created on transparent paper, plastic or mesh, are sometimes embellished with other materials  which act as paintbrush to describe a world of movement, in two dimensional space. Concepts of virtual space, space  around objects and outer space, all capture my thoughts as I attempt to visually create what we cannot see. Light, space  and multiple dimensions form the undercurrent of my thought process as well as the transitory, fragile nature of life.  . The work, sharing forms of  painting, sculpture and installation leads the viewer to take an intimate look at seemingly ordinary materials that because  of what has been done to them, transcends their function.   

 

Artist Bio / CV

Selected Exhibitions2010 American Jewish University, Uncommon Threads, Platt/Borstein Galleries, Los Angeles, CAUniversity of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Imagine, Paul Whitney Larson Art Gallery, Minneapolis, MN Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Light and Space 2010, Palm Desert, CA2009 Ft. Collins Art Center, Lincoln Galleries, Contemporary Fiber, Ft. Collins, CO Preston Contemporary Art Center, Fall 2009 Exhibition, Mesilla, NM K Space Contemporary, Material Revelations, Two Person Show, Corpus Christie, TX 2008 YorkArts, Art and Industry, Weightless, York, PAYavapai College Art Gallery, Perceiving the Planet, Prescott, AZ Estel Gallery, Common Thread, Nashville, TN Rosewood Gallery, Kettering Arts Center, Kettering, OHMaude Kern Art Center, Weight & Float: Contemporary Sculpture, Eugene, ORGallery 825, Open Show, Los Angeles, CA2007 Coleman Gallery Contemporary Art, Hidden Pictures, Alburquerque, NMCentral Wyoming College, Robert A. Peck Gallery, Intertwining Ideas, Riverton, WYMad Art Gallery, Crossing Paths:Kerry Zimmerman and Cathy Breslaw, St.   Solo Exhibitions
 2010     Truckee College, TMCC Main Gallery,  Light Moves,  Reno, NV 
              Rose Center for the Arts, Lower Columbian College, Weightless, Longview, WA    
              Florida Atlantic University, John D. MacArthur Library, Material Resonance, Jupiter, FL   
             Gallery 825, Light Play, Los Angeles, CA
        2009    West Valley Art Museum, Light Moves, Surprise, AZ
                             Chico Art Center, Chico, Discovery Series: Cathy Breslaw, Chico,  CA
                             Charleston Heights Art Center, Main Gallery, Weightless, Las Vegas, NV 
                             Earleville Art Center Opera House, East Art Gallery, Recent Discoveries, Binghamton,NY
                             Southern Oregon University, Stevenson Union Gallery, Tapestries of Light, Ashland, OR
             Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Bever West Gallery,Topographies, Hamilton, OH
Education

MFA, Visual Arts, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA

M.S.W. Counseling, Howard University, Washington, D.C.

B.A., The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.